Definitions

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  • adv. completely, totally.

Etymologies

From expressions such as all to break, all to split, all to broken, formed from the incorrect division of words containing the prefix to- (e.g. all tobreak, all tosplit, all tobroken). More at to-. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Woonsocket and then to the various mill towns along the little streams of the Blackstone and the Pawtucket, and above all to Fall

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Seth was immediately interested and forced them all to turn the telescope downward, pointing across the cul-de-sac at 1669 Kirby Court.

    Unpretty

  • According to one British soldier, some of the Hessians and Scots Highlanders, having been told the Americans had intended to show them no mercy, had put all to death that fell into their hands. . .

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • “Señor Arrojo called the employee lounge, wanting us all to come immediately.”

    NANCY DREW

  • She held up the rhinestoneencrusted clipboard for all to see.

    Maggie Bean in Love

  • Parallelism (q. v.) is the principle of balance which is admitted by all to be the most characteristic and essential feature of the poetic form of the Psalms.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • As theologian Herbert Lockyear explains, When he rose and left all to follow Christ, the only things Matthew took out of his old life were his pen and ink.

    The Courage To Be Christian

  • The horrific-looking fingers are black and burnt back to stubs with specks of bone and cartilage exposed for all to see.

    Gladiator

  • Later, the casinos introduced six-deck shoes, then eight-deck shoes, all to minimize the effectiveness of card counting.

    One of a Kind

  • Spartacus had run rings around Varinius, and he owed it all to his Picentine prisoner.

    The Spartacus War

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