- all the time, throughout
I knew all along that my friend would not get the promotion.
all at once
- suddenly, without warning
All at once, the fire alarm rang and we had to leave the building.
all day long
- the whole day
The girl was happy to wait all day long for the mail to arrive.
- to be eager to listen to someone
"I`m all ears, please tell me about the party."
all for (someone or something)
- to be very much in favor of someone or something
The woman is all for the manager and she never criticizes her.
- most important, urgent or necessary
The meeting is all important and I plan to attend it.
- to be tired, to be exhausted
I am all in and will go to bed early tonight.
all in a day's work
- to be part of what is expected of you
It was all in a day's work when the firefighters rescued the cat.
all in all
- in summary, after considering everything
We had a few problems but all in all the meeting was successful.
all in one piece
- safely, without damage
Our furniture arrived all in one piece after we moved.
all manner of (someone or something)
- all types of people or things
There were all manner of people at the party.
all night long
- throughout the whole night
We could hear the people next door talking all night long.
all of a sudden
- suddenly, without advance warning
All of a sudden, it became cloudy and began to rain.
all or nothing
- everything, one hundred percent of something
It is all or nothing. If I cannot fully participate in the meeting I will not attend.
- a very good and thorough effort
We are making an all-out-effort to finish our work.
all over but the shouting
- to be decided and finished
It was all over but the shouting for the football fans after their team lost the game.
all over the place
We traveled all over the place on our holiday.
- okay, satisfactory
It should be all right for me to bring my friend to the party.
- to be ready to begin, to be okay
We were all set so we began the meeting.
all sweetness and light
- to be very sweet, to be innocent and helpful
The girl is all sweetness and light after she does something bad.
all systems go
- everything is ready (often used when a rocket is launched)
It was all systems go and we began the installation of the new computer system.
all talk (and no action)
- to talk about doing something but never really doing it
Our boss is all talk and no action and nothing new is ever done in our department.
all the livelong day
- throughout the whole day
I know the words to the song, “I've been working on the railroad, all the livelong day.”
all the rage
- to be in current fashion
The new sneakers were all the rage during the summer.
all the time
- always, continually
My sister asks for money all the time but I never give it to her.
- to have difficulty fixing things or working with one`s hands, to be clumsy
My friend is all thumbs when he fixes things around his house.
all to the good
- for the best, for one's benefit
It was all to the good that my sister quit her job.
- including everything or everyone, counting everything
All told, there were at least twelve candidates for the job.
allow for (someone or something)
- to plan to have enough of something, to plan on the possibility of something
We must allow for enough time to go to the stadium.