from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective colloq. Controlled by an evil spirit or by evil passions; wild.
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In his fright at the bicycle, or me, he charges wildly up the steep mountain-slope, unseating his rider and making for the mountain-top like the all-possessed.
Well, just as the steward took off the cover, _hiss-iss_ went the wind overhead, and one of those horrible squalls that come rattling down without a moment's warning in those parts, struck the ship, and gave her a heel over that sent the salt-cellars chasing the tumblers like all-possessed; and the great dumpling gave a heavy lurch to leeward, rolled fairly over on its beam-ends, and began to course straight down the table quite sedate and quiet-like.
"If there's one class of folk I detest more than another, it is those all-possessed people who find life unsuited to their fancies.
It blows like all-possessed: but what's the use of having a life boat, if you can't go out in her when it blows? "