Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Using all available means or resources.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective using all available resources.

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  • adjective using every available means
  • adjective covering all aspects without exception
  • adverb In a manner in which one uses every available means, sparing no effort.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective using all available resources

Etymologies

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all + out

Examples

  • James Clifton defines what he calls an "all-out global war for good jobs."

    Forbes.com: News

  • It uses a four-cylinder Honda engine and eschews all creature comforts in the name of all-out performance.

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  • In our house, the potty battles escalated until we were engaged in what could only be called an all-out potty war!

    pottytrain your child in just one day

  • In our house, the potty battles escalated until we were engaged in what could only be called an all-out potty war!

    pottytrain your child in just one day

  • Another longtime Republican target, Planned Parenthood, would be banned from receiving funding under an amendment offered by Rep. Mike Pence R-Ind., which Democrats called an "all-out war on women."

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  • “Yep, I’ll bet ole Uncle Horace is going to have exactly what my wife would call an all-out hissy.”

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  • “Yep, I’ll bet ole Uncle Horace is going to have exactly what my wife would call an all-out hissy.”

    Carolina Mist

  • “Yep, I’ll bet ole Uncle Horace is going to have exactly what my wife would call an all-out hissy.”

    Carolina Mist

  • The mentoring sessions are followed by the battle rounds, in which the coaches narrow their teams by pitting them against each other in pairs in an all-out sing-off.

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  • The GOP is holding closed-door talks with energy lobbyists, report Darren Good and Robin Bravender: With the backing of GOP caucus leaders, aides for House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee ranking member Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) are seeking unwavering support from a host of industries for an all-out push to block federal and state climate rules...

    Wonkbook: RSC details $100B in spending cuts; Obama admin appoints GE CEO

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  • to give it your all, using all available means or resources

    August 9, 2009