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you-all

[yoo-awl, yawl] /yuˈɔl, yɔl/
pronoun, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
1.
(used in direct address to two or more persons, or to one person who represents a family, organization, etc.):
You-all come back now, hear? Tell your mother it's time you-all came to visit us.
Also, y'all.
Origin of you-all
1815-1825
An Americanism dating back to 1815-25
Usage note
See you.
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  • Whatever it is, however, you-all can't play it on old Monte.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • you-all don't know nothin' about this hole; thar's a b'ar in this hole!'

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • But you-all slapped down the stuff in a stampede, sartin you had him buffaloed.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • you-all's had enough o' them folkses; an' you ain' that kind, either.

    A Tar-Heel Baron Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
  • "I want dat young step-gal of you-all's," she answered with dignity.

    Sunlight Patch

    Credo Fitch Harris
  • Do you-all reckon you're goin' to poke fun at me an' the law, an' git away with it?

    Sunlight Patch

    Credo Fitch Harris
  • "you-all had a gun in yore hand when we stahted in," said Sandy equably.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • "you-all are awful good to me," was all she could trust herself to say.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • They're figgerin' on gettin' control of the gel away from you-all.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • you-all saw how he acted when I got him into the court room this afternoon.

    With Hoops of Steel Florence Finch Kelly
British Dictionary definitions for you-all

you-all

pronoun
1.
a US, esp Southern, word for you, used esp when addressing more than one person
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