all-in

adjective \ ˌȯl-ˈin \
Updated on: 15 Apr 2018

Definition of all-in

1 chiefly British : all-inclusive
2 chiefly British : being almost without restrictions
  • all-in wrestling

First Known Use of all-in

1890


all in

adjective
variants: or less commonly all-in play \ˌȯl-ˈin\

Definition of all in

1 : tired, exhausted
  • Atticus said as tactfully as he could that he just didn't think he could stand a pageant tonight, he was all in.
  • —Harper Lee
  • Inside, the invalid had gone to bed; her mother said, "She was all in," and expressed pity for her, for the first time.
  • —Edna O'Brien
2 : fully committed to or involved in something
  • The Diamondbacks are all-in for this year. It's why they brought in J. D. Martinez at the trade deadline. They have a healthy mix of young and veteran players, and they're looking to make a run this October.
  • —Kevin Skiver
often used in the phrase go all in
  • With my bonus in tow, I got the far-fetched idea I didn't feel like working that type of pace anymore. So I went all in on real estate on my own.
  • —Philip Michael
Note: In poker, to go all in is to bet everything on a hand.

Examples of all in in a Sentence

  1. was all in after an evening of dancing and partying

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First Known Use of all in

1901


ALL-IN Defined for English Language Learners

all-in

Definition of all-in for English Language Learners

  • : very tired

  • : allowing almost any technique or method


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