against (all) expectations

Definition of against (all) expectations

  1. :  although people thought it would be different :  although people thought otherwise <Against (all) expectations, the birds survived.>

Word by Word Definitions

againstplay
  1. :  in opposition or hostility to

    :  contrary to

    :  in competition with

  1. :  in preparation for the time when

  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

expectationplay expectations
  1. :  the act or state of expecting :  anticipation

    :  something expected

    :  basis for expecting :  assurance


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