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[awl-oh-ver] /ˈɔlˌoʊ vər/
extending or repeated over the entire surface, as a decorative pattern.
a fabric with an allover pattern.
Origin of allover
First recorded in 1570-80; all + over Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This is Portuguese allover—indolence, piousness, poverty, impotence.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Stripes in this sample group either border the edge of the cloth or make an allover pattern.

    Chincha Plain-weave cloths Lila M. O'Neale
  • Engaged in the earlier years of the music business was Woodworth, allover & Co.

    Sixty Years of California Song Margaret Blake-Alverson
  • Woodworth, allover & Co. dealt mostly in imported French pianos and harmoniums.

    Sixty Years of California Song Margaret Blake-Alverson
  • The gondolas multiplied and spotted it allover; every gondola and gondolier looking, at a distance, precisely like every other.

    Italian Hours Henry James

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