all bets are off

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of all bets are off

used to describe a situation in which it is impossible to be sure about what will happen
  • All bets are off on the election: it's too close to call.

Word by Word Definitions

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. 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

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

bet play bets
  1. : something that is laid, staked, or pledged typically between two parties on the outcome of a contest or a contingent issue : wager

  2. : the act of giving such a pledge

  3. : something to wager on

  1. : to stake on the outcome of an issue or the performance of a contestant

  2. : to be able to be sure that

  3. : to maintain with or as if with a bet

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest


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