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on all cylinders

Definition of on all cylinders


  1. :  with the greatest possible amount of effort, power, or speed :  at full capacity or speed <The economy is running on all cylinders.> <The team didn't seem to be firing/hitting on all cylinders.>

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

cylinderplay cylinders
  1. :  the surface traced by a straight line moving parallel to a fixed straight line and intersecting a fixed planar closed curve

    :  a solid or surface bounded by a cylinder and two parallel planes cutting all its elements

    :  a cylindrical body or space: as

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of striking ability or excellence

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