all there

Having one's wits about one, mentally competent, as in John may seem absentminded, but believe me, he's all there. This phrase is often used negatively, as not all there, for being without one's full faculties. For example, I wonder about Justin; sometimes it seems as if he's not all there. [Mid-1800s]

Words Nearby all there

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How to use all there in a sentence

  • The bored expression in the eyes—the rabbit, not-all-there expression—gave place sometimes to another look.

    Day and Night Stories | Algernon Blackwood
  • That's the only explanation of All-there-is which will hold water, and it holds water and everything else.

    Up and Down | Edward Frederic Benson