all hands

plural noun

Definition of all hands

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


\ ˈȯl-ˈhandz How to pronounce all-hands (audio) \

Definition of all-hands (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Plural noun

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1840, in the meaning defined above

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“All hands.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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