above all


Definition of above all 

: before every other consideration : especially

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He is driven above all else by one thing, Sean, by keeping Americans alive and keeping them safe. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani reacts to Paul Manafort's plea deal," 14 Sep. 2018 Tech investors who value growth above all else have largely shrugged off these bills. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Big Tech’s Growth Comes With a Big Bill," 17 July 2018 The themes about family expectations, cultural differences, unconditional love, and, ultimately, learning to support one another above all should be relatable to most families. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The Verge’s guide to tolerable family streaming entertainment," 21 Nov. 2018 Regardless, according to both Tsai and English, Sephoria was meant to be about experience above all. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Inside Sephoria: Sephora's Fabulous, Glittery, Two-Day House Party," 22 Oct. 2018 There's a lot of female-focused startups that are led by women because, above all, the female millennial consumer is incredibly impactful and powerful. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: How Indré Rockefeller, Co-Founder of Paravel, Made Luggage Romantic Again," 19 Sep. 2018 Thomas Jefferson admired French fare above all, and he is credited, according to Staib, with popularizing frites, ice cream and champagne. Amanda Cargill, Smithsonian, "What Did the Founding Fathers Eat and Drink as They Started a Revolution?," 3 July 2018 The heartbreaking pictures and the recordings of their cries are exactly the things that help us remember that, above all, these are children who tragically may never be reunited with their families. Alex Ortega & Charley Sullivan, Philly.com, "What can children in cages teach us?," 2 July 2018 Details include seatback pockets, grab handles above all doors, bottle holders in the door panels and two cupholders in the little fold-down armrest and a 12-volt, 120-watt plug. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Forever young," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of above all

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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