(used as an order to all members of a ship’s crew to report to the deck at once, as in an emergency): We were roused from our bunks by shouts of “All hands on deck!”
(used as a call for the immediate assistance of everyone present or available): We only have two days till the deadline, people, so—all hands on deck!
immediate and concerted effort, or a situation that calls for it: We can nip crime in the bud if we go at it with all hands on deck.If the server goes down, it’s going to be all hands on deck.
- Sometimes all hands [awl-handz] /ˈɔl ˈhændz/ .
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How to use all hands on deck in a sentence
For starters, from a purely practical, all-hands-on-deck position, I say if you can do the job, you should keep the job.
This is a public health crisis that you might think would give us an all-hands-on-deck attitude.
It will require an all-hands-on-deck effort combining hard work, political savvy, and even a dollop of good luck.