[ ev-ree ]
/ ˈɛv ri /
being one of a group or series taken collectively; each: We go there every day.
all possible; the greatest possible degree of: every prospect of success.
That vs. WhichTo understand when to use that vs. which, it’s important to keep in mind the difference between and restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses. In formal American English, that is used in restrictive clauses, and which in used in nonrestrictive clauses. A restrictive clause contains information that limits the meaning of the thing being talked about. For example, in the sentence “Any book that you like must …
every bit, in every respect; completely: This is every bit as good as she says it is.
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.
every other, every second; every alternate: milk deliveries every other day.
every which way, in all directions; in disorganized fashion: I brushed against the table, and the cards fell every which way.
1. See each.
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British Dictionary definitions for every which way
/ (ˈɛvrɪ) /
each one (of the class specified), without exceptionevery child knows it
(not used with a negative) the greatest or best possibleevery hope of success
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
every bit (used in comparisons with as) quite; just; equallyevery bit as funny as the other show
every other each alternate; every secondevery other day
every which way
- in all directions; everywhereI looked every which way for you
- US and Canadian from all sidesstones coming at me every which way
Word Origin for every
C15 everich, from Old English ǣfre ǣlc, from ǣfre ever + ǣlc each
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Idioms and Phrases with every which way (1 of 2)
every which way
In all directions, as in Papers were blowing every which way. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with every which way (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with every
- every bit
- every cloud has a silver lining
- every dog has its day
- every inch
- every last one
- every little bit helps
- every man for himself
- every man has his price
- every minute counts
- every nook and cranny
- every now and then
- every other
- every single one
- every so often
- every time one turns around
- every Tom, Dick, and Harry
- every which way
- at every turn
- each and every
- finger in the (every) pie
- living soul, every
- nook and cranny, every
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