all to


: all to pieces : thoroughly, completely
a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all to brake his skullJudges 9:53 (Authorized Version)

Word History


Middle English al to- completely apart, completely to pieces, from Old English eall tō-, from eall completely + tō-, te- apart, to pieces

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“All to.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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