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1714 as a type of carriage; in the baggage sense from 1884; from carry (v.) + all (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • When the throng came out to the carry-all I was there and mounted.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • I asked, with a worse frown than ever, as he stepped into the carry-all and took the lines.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • I neutralized his shield, collapsed him and stored him in my carry-all.

  • Hilma followed the farm wagon in the Derricks' carry-all, with Magnus and his wife.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • carry-all is also French in origin, despite its English quality.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • The only objection to the carry-all is that it is an awkward bundle to pack.

    Notes of a War Correspondent Richard Harding Davis
  • At last they arrived and a carry-all took them back to the Quadrangle.

  • Dot and he managed to get out of the back of the carry-all unnoticed.

  • His valise was attached in a precarious manner to the rear of the carry-all.

  • He caught him just as he was getting into the carry-all with his family, bound for church.

    Vandover and the Brute

    Frank Norris

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