all that


Definition of all that

: to an indicated or suggested extent or degree : so didn't take his threats all that seriously

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But because of corruption and cutting corners, all that work was ruined. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, "What the Restoration of Iraq’s Oldest University Says About the Nation’s Future," 4 Sep. 2019 All funds raised through Waterboys go towards the construction of sustainable, deep borehole wells to provide life-giving water and all that comes from it — the opportunity for education, good health, and economic stability. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Myles Garrett named captain of NFL Waterboys program," 3 Sep. 2019 Man, the paperwork to track all that is going to be painful at tax time, but no doubt Trump has a plan for that as well. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Of course we tax all capital gains (8/31/19)," 1 Sep. 2019 Here's another secret: None of us are all that we're cracked up to be. Annie Reuter, Billboard, "Beverly Keel at 2019 Source Hall of Fame Awards: 'Support Other Women'," 28 Aug. 2019 For the last two months, Quinn's connection to the outside world has been limited to whoever passes by, which hasn't been all that limiting, actually. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "Front lawn becomes a stage for house-ridden boy," 23 Aug. 2019 Indeed, as a basketballer the wolf is not all that amazing. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Teen Wolf': THR's 1985 Review," 23 Aug. 2019 Former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich, meanwhile, is urging US president Donald Trump to skip all that and just hold a contest for space companies. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Trump’s 5-year moon landing plan has gone off the rails," 19 Aug. 2019 In a parliament that is 76% male, such an oversight is not all that surprising. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "Kenyan politics is a boys’ game, but women are fighting hard for their rightful seat at the table," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of all that

1945, in the meaning defined above

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