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every

[ev-ree]
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adjective
  1. being one of a group or series taken collectively; each: We go there every day.
  2. all possible; the greatest possible degree of: every prospect of success.
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Idioms
  1. every bit, in every respect; completely: This is every bit as good as she says it is.
  2. every now and then, on occasion; from time to time: She bakes her own bread every now and then.Also every once in a while, every so often.
  3. every other, every second; every alternate: milk deliveries every other day.
  4. every which way, in all directions; in disorganized fashion: I brushed against the table, and the cards fell every which way.
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Origin of every

1125–75; Middle English every, everich, Old English ǣfre ǣlc ever each

Synonym study

1. See each.
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British Dictionary definitions for every which way

every

determiner
  1. each one (of the class specified), without exceptionevery child knows it
  2. (not used with a negative) the greatest or best possibleevery hope of success
  3. each: used before a noun phrase to indicate the recurrent, intermittent, or serial nature of a thingevery third day; every now and then; every so often
  4. every bit (used in comparisons with as) quite; just; equallyevery bit as funny as the other show
  5. every other each alternate; every secondevery other day
  6. every which way
    1. in all directions; everywhereI looked every which way for you
    2. US and Canadianfrom all sidesstones coming at me every which way
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Word Origin

C15 everich, from Old English ǣfre ǣlc, from ǣfre ever + ǣlc each
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for every which way

every

adj.

early 13c., contraction of Old English æfre ælc "each of a group," literally "ever each" (Chaucer's everich), from each with ever added for emphasis, as the word is still felt to need emphasis (e.g. Modern English every last ..., every single ..., etc.).

Cf. everybody, everything, etc. The word everywhen is attested from 1843 but never caught on; neither did everyhow (1837). Slang phrase every Tom, Dick, and Harry dates from at least 1734, from common English given names.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with every which way

every which way

In all directions, as in Papers were blowing every which way. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]

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