: of, relating to, or being a situation in which every available person is needed or called to assist
an all-hands-on-deck effort
"Overwhelmingly the response I heard is that we need an all-hands-on-deck approach to stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin," [Governor Tony] Evers said.Scott Bauer

Examples of all-hands-on-deck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wednesday’s presidential visit to Milwaukee was part of an all-hands-on-deck administration effort to promote Biden’s economic policies, as the president faces pressure to improve his poll numbers in coming months. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2024 The concerts settled into a durable format years ago, with the first half featuring each guitarist playing two or three tunes solo, and the second half pairing off players in different combinations (with an all-hands-on-deck finale). Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024 At the time, E3 was the pinnacle of gaming events—an all-hands-on-deck affair where videogame journalists routinely filed several stories per day while running from big-hype promo events to big-hype meetings with game companies. Megan Farokhmanesh, WIRED, 12 Dec. 2023 The concert film/documentary chronicles the tour’s elaborate, all-hands-on-deck production and crucial performances, while glimpses of Beyoncé’s experiences as a mother, professional, and cultural powerhouse are interwoven throughout the 3-hour film. Jaelani Turner-Williams, Rolling Stone, 26 Nov. 2023 The White House recently called for an all-hands-on-deck approach to fighting learning loss while the nation nervously awaits this year’s NAEP scores which last year were the lowest in two decades in reading and math. John Rogers, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2023 The Astros went with an all-hands-on-deck approach from a pitching standpoint, with reliever Phil Maton getting the start. Scott Thompson, Fox News, 24 Oct. 2023 But the spending blowout throughout and since the pandemic — part critical emergency funding, part political need to show an all-hands-on-deck approach in crisis — contributed to the latest outbreak in inflation. Jana Randow, Fortune, 22 Oct. 2023 And very often this all-hands-on-deck mobilization of civil society and the private sector is highlighting a glaring government absence – prompting many Israelis to foretell deep political repercussions in the years ahead. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of all-hands-on-deck was in 1935

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“All-hands-on-deck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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