all hands

plural noun

Definition of all hands

1 :an entire ship's company
2 :everybody engaged in the same pursuit

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First Known Use of all hands

1580


all-hands

adjective \ ˈȯl-ˈhandz \

Definition of all-hands

:characterized by the participation or contributions of all individuals in a group
  • an all-hands effort
  • And this Friday, the agency's deputy administrator … will come to NASA Glenn, in part to hold an all-hands meeting with employees …
  • —Becky Gaylord, Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)5 Aug. 2003

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First Known Use of all-hands

1840


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