all-hands-on-deck

adjective

Definition of all-hands-on-deck

: 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

First Known Use of all-hands-on-deck

1935, in the meaning defined above

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

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“All-hands-on-deck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/all-hands-on-deck. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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