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Definition of all-out

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : made with maximum effort : thoroughgoing an all-out effort to win the contest

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Definition of all out (Entry 2 of 2)

: with full determination or enthusiasm : with maximum effort used chiefly in the phrase go all out

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Examples of all-out in a Sentence


went all out for her New Year's Eve party—she even had fireworks!

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The Duchess of Cambridge went all out in a pink double-breasted coat dress by Alexander McQueen with elegant, pleated details on the skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Pink Alexander McQueen Look at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party with the Queen," 21 May 2019 The club traveled without forward Jordan Morris, left winger Victor Rodriguez and defender Gustav Svensson, who were all out because of hamstring injuries. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "‘Draws like this feel like a win’: Short-handed Sounders survive third game in eight days with scoreless draw vs. Union," 18 May 2019 Heidi Pratt Heidi’s gone all out with these entryway decorations, as only Heidi can. Vogue, "Which Celebrity Christmas Decorations Are Perfectly On-Brand? Let Us Show You," 14 Dec. 2018 Simmons and Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell had a pretty public and pretty petty battle for the award, which included Adidas going all out to help push Mitchell. Khadrice Rollins,, "Basketball Twitter Achieved Peak Pettiness During NBA Awards," 26 June 2018 Saturday’s result: Best Two Minutes (7-2) got a good trip but couldn't make impact on the winner and was all out to be second at the wire. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Going to be an interesting Belmont," 20 May 2018 But the most benign explanation as to why Trump seems to not criticize Putin is a phrase from the Soviet period: polezni durak, the useful idiot, the sort of person the Kremlin secretly held in contempt but went all out to exploit. Interview By Audie Cornish, New York Times, "Gen. Michael Hayden Has One Regret: Russia," 1 May 2018 For the Fourth, the luxe, 100-year-old resort goes all out with a five-day jubilee with fireworks over the lake, free movies nightly, and classes. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 July 4th Weekend Trips You Can’t Miss," 22 Jan. 2018 The Met Gala has always been a good excuse to go all out. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Camp Beauty Trends at the Met Gala, From Neon Gazes to Ceiling-Bound Hair," 7 May 2019

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First Known Use of all-out


1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of all-out was in 1840

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English Language Learners Definition of all-out

: made or done with as much effort as possible
: fully developed


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Kids Definition of all-out

: as great as possible We made an all-out effort to get there on time.

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