of all (the)

Definition of of all (the)


  1. —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

  1. :  the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

    :  as much as possible

    :  every member or individual component of

  1. :  wholly, quite

    :  only, exclusively

    :  just

  1. :  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

  1. :  the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

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to cast off or become cast off

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