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all over the map

Definition of all over the map

US informal

  1. :  not staying the same :  characterized by frequent and extreme changes <Prices have been all over the map.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

    :  as much as possible

    :  every member or individual component of

  1. :  wholly, quite

    :  only, exclusively

    :  just

  1. :  the whole number, quantity, or amount :  totality

    : used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

    :  everybody, everything

  1. :  the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

overplay
  1. :  across a barrier or intervening space

    :  across the goal line in football

    :  forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

    : used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

    : used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. :  upper, higher

    :  outer, covering

    :  excessive

  1. :  to leap over

  1. :  a representation usually on a flat surface of the whole or a part of an area

    :  a representation of the celestial sphere or a part of it

    :  something that represents with a clarity suggestive of a map

  1. :  to make a map of

    :  to delineate as if on a map

    :  to make a survey of for or as if for the purpose of making a map


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