all the world

noun

: everybody or everything in existence
especially : everybody or everything regarded as of account
convinced that all the world was against him
Phrases
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 poetryShakespeare
with his father's pipe in his mouth and looking for all the world like him

Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of all the world was before the 12th century

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“All the world.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/all%20the%20world. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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