all the world


Definition of all the world

: everybody or everything in existence especially : everybody or everything regarded as of account convinced that all the world was against him
for all the world
1 : for the sake of gaining everything : for any consideration
2 : in every respect : wholly, exactly whose posy was for all the world like cutler's poetry— Shakespeare with his father's pipe in his mouth and looking for all the world like him

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First Known Use of all the world

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“All the world.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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