all the while

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of all the while

: during the entire time
  • He claimed that he was happy, but he was thinking all the while of quitting his job.

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

while play
  1. : a period of time especially when short and marked by the occurrence of an action or a condition : time

  2. : the time and effort used (as in the performance of an action) : trouble

  1. : during the time that

  2. : as long as

  3. : when on the other hand : whereas

  1. : until

  1. : to cause to pass especially without boredom or in a pleasant manner


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