one and all

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one and all

  1. (idiomatic) The entire set of persons or things within a given domain, considered both as separate individuals and collectively.
    • 1724, Jonathan Swift, The Drapier's Letters, Letter I:
      Therefore my friends, stand to it one and all, refuse this filthy trash.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, ch. 99:
      Now this doubloon was of purest, virgin gold . . . and however wanton in their sailor ways, one and all, the mariners revered it as the white whale's talisman.
    • 1920, P. G. Wodehouse, The Coming of Bill, ch. 2:
      [M]en of every condition . . . had laid their hearts at her feet. One and all, they had been compelled to pick them up and take them elsewhere.
    • 2010 April 24, Tom Wolfe, "Op-Ed Contributor: Faking West, Going East," New York Times (retrieved 26 Nov 2013):
      Later American literary stars like Hemingway, Faulkner, Sinclair Lewis and John Steinbeck, Nobel Prize-winners one and all, never had more than a spoonful of the great gouts of fame that Twain — and Mrs. Stowe, for that matter — enjoyed everywhere in the world.

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