all the world


Definition of all the world

  1. :  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. 1 :  for the sake of gaining everything :  for any consideration

  2. 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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Before 12th Century

First Known Use of all the world

before 12th century

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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