all along


Definition of all along

: all the time knew the truth all along

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Sharks have been spotted in the Atlantic waters all along the Outer and Lower Cape, as well as in Cape Cod Bay down to Wellfleet Harbor. Neil Swidey,, "We’re afraid of sharks. But maybe we’re not afraid enough.," 9 July 2019 As desperate people struggle to get to the U.S., a sprawling network of individuals has sprung up to help them — and profit from them — all along the way. Ines Novacic, CBS News, "The untold stories behind the headlines of America's immigration debate," 5 July 2019 When it was revealed to them, midway through production, their objective shifted from a putatively romantic pursuit to guessing which men had been tricking James all along. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Slow, Messy Evolution of LGBTQ Dating Shows," 4 July 2019 Turns out El was the Mind Flayer’s main target all along. Time, "Breaking Down What Happens to Billy in Stranger Things Season 3," 4 July 2019 Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. at Concord Point Park and can be seen all along the city’s shoreline. David Anderson,, "Havre de Grace mayor asks residents to hold off on reserving spots for Independence Day parade," 4 July 2019 But new research from the journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society confirms what toddlers have suspected all along: Restroom hand dryers really are too loud. Washington Post, "Hand dryers are ‘clearly dangerous’ to children’s hearing, published research by a 13-year-old shows," 2 July 2019 Valls, however, claims that Macron was on board with the 49.3 maneuver all along. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Can Emmanuel Macron Stem the Populist Tide?," 24 June 2019 Or maybe Culver was the man in Rosas’ crosshairs all along. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Jace Frederick: On draft night, Gersson Rosas flashes his aggression," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of all along

1619, in the meaning defined above

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