of all (the)

Definition of of all (the)

informal
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

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

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. 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

  3. : everybody, everything

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

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language


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