all up


Definition of all up

1 : at or very near an end : with death, defeat, or failure hopelessly or unalterably approaching used predicatively and in impersonal constructions with itby night it was all up for the trapped miners
2 : total inclusive of the weight of machine, necessary flight accessories, crew, passengers, and cargo a plane with an all up weight of 50,000 pounds : total inclusive of weight of oil, coolant, and necessary accessories the all up weight of the motor
3 : paid for at first-class surface rates but carried by air all up mail to larger cities : of or relating to such carriage arrangements all up systems being planned

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First Known Use of all up

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for all up

all entry 2 + up, adjective

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“All up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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