along

[ uh-lawng, uh-long ]
/ əˈlɔŋ, əˈlɒŋ /

preposition

adverb

Verb Phrases

get along. get1(def 36).

Idioms for along

    all along, all the time; throughout: I knew all along that it was a lie.
    be along, Informal. to arrive at a place; come: They should be along soon.

Origin of along

before 900; Middle English; Old English andlang, equivalent to and- (cognate with Old Saxon, Old Norse and-, Gothic and(a)-, Old High German ant-, prefix with orig. sense “facing”; cf. answer) + lang long1
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British Dictionary definitions for all along

along
/ (əˈlɒŋ) /

preposition

over or for the length of, esp in a more or less horizontal planealong the road

adverb

continuing over the length of some specified thing
in accompaniment; together with some specified person or peoplehe says he'd like to come along
forwardthe horse trotted along at a steady pace
to a more advanced statehe got the work moving along
along with accompanying; together withconsider the advantages along with the disadvantages

Word Origin for along

Old English andlang, from and- against + lang long 1; compare Old Frisian andlinga, Old Saxon antlang

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Idioms and Phrases with all along (1 of 2)

all along

From the start, throughout, from end to end, as in I've known he was innocent all along. [c. 1600] Also see all along the line.

Idioms and Phrases with all along (2 of 2)

along

In addition to the idioms beginning with along

  • along for the ride
  • along in years
  • alongside of
  • along the lines of
  • along with

also see:

  • all along
  • all along the line
  • be along
  • come along
  • follow along
  • get along

go alongplay alongrun along string along.

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