all the world

noun

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 12th century

in the meaning defined above

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