all-out

[ awl-out ]
/ ˈɔlˌaʊt /

adjective

using all one's resources; complete; total: an all-out effort.

Nearby words

  1. all-nighter,
  2. all-or-none,
  3. all-or-none law,
  4. all-or-nothing,
  5. all-ordinaries index,
  6. all-over,
  7. all-overs,
  8. all-pass,
  9. all-points bulletin,
  10. all-powerful

Origin of all-out

1905–10; adj. use of all out utterly, completely, Middle English al out

Origin of all

before 900; Middle English al, plural alle; Old English eal(l); cognate with Gothic alls, Old Norse allr, Old Frisian, Dutch, Middle Low German al, Old Saxon, Old High German al(l) (German all); if < *ol-no-, equivalent to Welsh oll and akin to Old Irish uile < *ol-io-; cf. almighty

SYNONYMS FOR all
2. every one of, each of. 14. totally, utterly, fully.

Can be confusedall awl (see usage note at the current entry)

Usage note

Expressions like all the farther and all the higher occur chiefly in informal speech: This is all the farther the bus goes. That's all the higher she can jump. Elsewhere as far as and as high as are generally used: This is as far as the bus goes. That's as high as she can jump.
Although some object to the inclusion of of in such phrases as all of the students and all of the contracts and prefer to omit it, the construction is entirely standard.
See also already, alright, altogether.

Origin of out

before 900; (adv.) Middle English; Old English ūt; cognate with Dutch uit, German aus, Old Norse, Gothic ūt; akin to Sanskrit ud-; (adj., interjection, and preposition) Middle English, from the adv.; (v.) Middle English outen, Old English ūtian to put out, cognate with Old Frisian ūtia

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British Dictionary definitions for all out

all-out

/ informal /

adjective

using one's maximum powersan all-out effort

adverb all out

to one's maximum effort or capacityhe went all out on the home stretch

Word Origin for out

Old English ūt; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse ūt, Old High German ūz, German aus

usage

The use of out as a preposition, though common in American English, is regarded as incorrect in British English: he climbed out of (not out) a window; he went out through the door

all

/ (ɔːl) /

determiner

adverb

noun

(preceded by my, your, his, etc) (one's) complete effort or interestto give your all; you are my all
totality or whole
Related formsRelated prefixes: pan-, panto-

Word Origin for all

Old English eall; related to Old High German al, Old Norse allr, Gothic alls all

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Word Origin and History for all out
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with all out

all out

With all one's strength, ability, or resources; not holding back. For example, They are going all out to make the fund-raiser a success. This seemingly modern term dates from about 1300, when it meant “completely” or “wholly.” It now refers to making a great effort and is also used adjectivally, as in an all-out effort. This usage became current in America in the late 1800s, with reference to races and other kinds of athletic exertion. In the mid-1900s it gave rise to the phrase to go all out and was transferred to just about any energetic undertaking. Also see go whole hog.

all

In addition to the idioms beginning with all

  • all along
  • all along the line
  • all and sundry
  • all at once
  • all at sea
  • all better
  • all but
  • all cylinders
  • all ears
  • all else being equal
  • alley cat
  • all eyes
  • all for
  • all for the best
  • all gone
  • all hours
  • all in a day's work
  • all in all
  • all in, be
  • all in good time
  • all in one piece
  • all joking aside
  • all kinds of
  • all of
  • all of a sudden
  • all of the above
  • all one
  • all out
  • all outdoors, big as
  • all over
  • all over but the shouting
  • all over one
  • all over the place
  • all over with
  • all present and accounted for
  • all right
  • all right for you
  • all right with one
  • all roads lead to Rome
  • all set
  • all sewed up
  • all shook up
  • all sorts
  • all systems go
  • all talk (and no action)
  • all that
  • all that glitters is not gold
  • all the
  • all the best
  • all the better
  • all the rage
  • all there
  • all the same
  • all the thing
  • all the time
  • all the way
  • all the worse
  • all things to all people, be
  • all thumbs
  • all told
  • all to the good
  • all up
  • all very well
  • all well and good
  • all wet
  • all wool and a yard wide
  • all work and no play (makes Jack a dull boy)
  • all year round

also see:

  • above all
  • after all
  • against all odds
  • as all getout
  • at all
  • at all costs
  • be-all and end-all
  • beat all
  • by all accounts
  • by all means
  • by all odds
  • cap it all
  • fall all over
  • firing on all cylinders
  • first of all
  • for all
  • for all I care
  • for all I know
  • for all one's worth
  • for all that
  • get away (from it all)
  • get one's act (it all) together
  • go all the way
  • have all one's buttons
  • have it all over someone
  • have it both ways (all)
  • hit on all cylinders
  • hold all the aces
  • in a (all of a) dither
  • in all
  • in all good conscience
  • in all one's born days
  • in all probability
  • (all) in the same boat
  • it's all downhill from here
  • it's all over with
  • it takes all sorts
  • jump all over
  • know all the answers
  • know-it-all
  • laugh all the way to the bank
  • least of all
  • let it all hang out
  • not all it's cracked up to be
  • not at all
  • not for all the tea in china
  • no time at all
  • of all the nerve
  • of all things
  • once and for all
  • one and all
  • pull out all the stops
  • put all one's eggs in one basket
  • seen one, seen them all
  • till all hours
  • to all intents and purposes
  • (all) to the good
  • turn out all right
  • walk all over
  • warts and all
  • when all's said and done
  • with all due respect
  • with all one's heart
  • you can't win them all

out

In addition to the idioms beginning with out

  • out and about
  • out and away
  • out at the elbows
  • out back
  • out cold
  • out for, be
  • out for the count
  • out from under
  • out front
  • out in left field
  • out in the cold
  • out in the open
  • out like a light
  • out loud
  • out of a clear blue sky
  • out of, be
  • out of bounds
  • out of breath
  • out of business
  • out of character
  • out of circulation
  • out of commission
  • out of condition
  • out of control
  • out of date
  • out of fashion
  • out of favor
  • out of gas
  • out of hand
  • out of harm's way
  • out of humor
  • out of it
  • out of joint
  • out of keeping
  • out of key
  • out of kilter
  • out of line
  • out of luck
  • out of nowhere
  • out of one's
  • out of one's depth
  • out of one's element
  • out of one's hair
  • out of one's mind
  • out of one's shell
  • out of one's system
  • out of one's way
  • out of order
  • out of phase
  • out of place
  • out of pocket
  • out of practice
  • out of print
  • out of proportion
  • out of reach
  • out of season
  • out of shape
  • out of sight
  • out of sorts
  • out of square
  • out of step
  • out of stock
  • out of the blue
  • out of the corner of one's eye
  • out of the frying pan into the fire
  • out of the hole
  • out of the loop
  • out of the mouths of babes
  • out of the ordinary
  • out of the picture
  • out of the question
  • out of the rain
  • out of the running
  • out of the way
  • out of the window
  • out of the woods
  • out of the woodwork
  • out of thin air
  • out of this world
  • out of touch
  • out of town
  • out of turn
  • out of wedlock
  • out of whack
  • out of whole cloth
  • out of work
  • out on a limb
  • out on bail
  • out on one's ear
  • out on the town
  • outside of
  • out to lunch
  • out with it

also see:

  • ace out
  • act out
  • all out
  • ask out
  • back out
  • bail out
  • bang out
  • bawl out
  • bear out
  • beat one's brains out
  • beat out
  • belt out
  • bent out of shape
  • black out
  • bliss out
  • blot out
  • blow one's brains out
  • blow out
  • blurt out
  • bottom out
  • bow out
  • branch out
  • brave out
  • break out
  • break out of
  • bring out
  • bug out
  • bum out
  • burn out
  • burst into (out)
  • buy out
  • call out
  • camp out
  • cancel out
  • card in (out)
  • carry out
  • cast out
  • check out
  • chew out
  • chicken out
  • chill out
  • churn out
  • clean out
  • clear out
  • clock in (out)
  • close out
  • come out
  • come out ahead
  • come out in the wash
  • come out of
  • come out with
  • conk out
  • cool off (out)
  • cop out
  • count out
  • crank out
  • crap out
  • crop out
  • cry (out) for
  • cut it out
  • cut out
  • day after day (day in, day out)
  • deal out
  • deck out
  • die out
  • dig out
  • dine out on
  • dish out
  • do out of
  • dope out
  • down and out
  • drag on (out)
  • draw out
  • drop out
  • drown out
  • drum out
  • dry out
  • duck out
  • ease out
  • eat someone out of house and home
  • eat one's heart out
  • eat out
  • eat out of one's hand
  • edge out
  • eke out
  • fade out
  • fall out
  • farm out
  • far out
  • feel out
  • ferret out
  • fight it out
  • figure out
  • fill out
  • find out
  • fish out
  • fish out of water
  • fit out
  • fizzle out
  • flake out
  • flat out
  • flesh out
  • flip one's lid (out)
  • flunk out
  • follow out
  • for crying out loud
  • fork over (out)
  • freak out
  • freeze out
  • fresh out of
  • get out
  • get out of
  • get the lead out
  • give out
  • go out
  • go out of one's way
  • gross out
  • grow out of
  • gut it out
  • hammer out
  • hand out
  • hang out
  • hang out one's shingle
  • hang out to dry
  • hash over (out)
  • have an out
  • have it out
  • have one's work cut out
  • head out
  • hear out
  • heart goes out to
  • help out
  • hide out
  • hire out
  • hit out
  • hold out
  • in (out of) favor
  • in one ear and out the other
  • in (out of) one's element
  • in (out of) one's hair
  • in (out of) print
  • in (out of) reach
  • ins and outs
  • inside out
  • into (out of) thin air
  • in (out of) tune
  • iron out
  • jury is still out
  • keep an eye out
  • kick out
  • knock out
  • knock the bottom out
  • lash out
  • lay out
  • leave out
  • let out
  • let the cat out of the bag
  • light out
  • like a bat out of hell
  • live out
  • lock out
  • log in (out)
  • look out
  • look out for
  • lose out
  • luck out
  • make a mountain out of a molehill
  • make capital out of
  • make out
  • max out
  • mellow out
  • miss out on
  • murder will out
  • muster in (out)
  • nose out
  • nose out of joint
  • odd man out
  • on the outs
  • on the way out
  • opt out
  • pan out
  • parcel out
  • pass out
  • pay out
  • peter out
  • phase in (out)
  • pick out
  • pig it (out)
  • played out
  • play out
  • point out
  • poop out
  • pound out
  • pour out
  • price out of the market
  • print out
  • prove out
  • psych out
  • pull out
  • pull out all the stops
  • pull out of a hat
  • pull the rug out
  • punch in (out)
  • put one out
  • put oneself out
  • put out
  • put out feelers
  • put someone out of his or her misery
  • put out to grass
  • puzzle out
  • rack out
  • rain out
  • read out of
  • ride out
  • right out
  • right-side out
  • roll out
  • root out
  • round off (out)
  • rough out
  • rub out
  • rule out
  • run out of
  • run out on
  • sack in (out)
  • scare out of one's wits
  • screw someone out of
  • see out
  • sell out
  • set out
  • settle (wipe out) old scores
  • shell out
  • ship out
  • shut out
  • sign out
  • sing out
  • single out
  • sit out
  • skip out
  • sleep out
  • slip out
  • smoke out
  • snap out of it
  • sniff out
  • snuff out
  • sound out
  • space out
  • spell out
  • spin out
  • stake out
  • stamp out
  • stand out
  • start out
  • step out
  • stick one's neck out
  • stick out
  • straighten out
  • stress out
  • strike out
  • string out
  • strung out
  • swear out
  • sweat out
  • take a leaf out of someone's book
  • take it out on
  • take out
  • take the wind out of someone's sails
  • talked out
  • talk out
  • talk out of
  • tease out
  • tell tales (out of school)
  • think out
  • thrash out
  • throw out
  • time out
  • tired out
  • top out
  • trick out
  • trot out
  • truth will out
  • try out
  • tuckered out
  • tune out
  • turn out
  • wait out
  • walk out
  • want in (out)
  • washed out
  • wash out
  • wear out
  • weasel out
  • weave in and out
  • weed out
  • well out of
  • whacked out
  • wig out
  • win out
  • wipe out
  • work out
  • worm out of
  • write out
  • year in, year out
  • zap out
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