all along


Definition of all along

: all the time knew the truth all along

Examples of all along in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the Seahawks said all along that keeping Metcalf was a priority — something that getting through the draft with Metcalf still on the roster validated. Bob Condotta | The Seattle Times, oregonlive, 29 July 2022 It was viewed in part as an effort to placate fans who complained that the succession of guest hosts seemed like a publicity stunt and that the job was Richards’ all along. Lynn Elber, Chicago Tribune, 27 July 2022 The Los Angeles Times reports that McCord implicated Magruder and said that White House counsel John W. Dean III, the man Nixon tasked with leading the White House’s investigation into the bugging, knew about the scheme all along. Washington Post, 13 June 2022 Kurri has said all along that his only motivation in working with the Russians was to elevate the status of Finnish hockey. Michael Hunt, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 So Hughie decides Butcher’s brutal approach has been right all along: stopping the superheroes by any means necessary. New York Times, 20 July 2022 But their rotation was vulnerable all along; the injured veterans — Sale, Nate Eovaldi (back), Rich Hill (knee), Michael Wacha (shoulder) — have rarely been durable, and a younger starter, Garrett Whitlock (hip), will return in a relief role. New York Times, 10 July 2022 Of course, Hayward’s capacity for the world championships has been a moving target all along. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 8 July 2022 The obvious conclusion was there all along: Salad invites flavor and zest and a personal favorite of mine, spice. Jess Eng, Washington Post, 6 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of all along

1619, in the meaning defined above

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“All along.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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