of all (the)
Definition of of all (the)
—used in phrases to express surprise, disapproval, anger, etc. Who should I meet in New York but Max of all people! Of all the people in New York, who should I run into but Max! Why did my car break down now of all times, when I can least afford it?! Of all the luck—I just broke a nail!
Word by Word Definitions
: the whole amount, quantity, or extent of
: as much as possible
: every member or individual component of
: wholly, quite
: only, exclusively
: the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality
: used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness
: everybody, everything
: the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy
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