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all +‎ out


all-out (not comparable)

  1. Using every available means.
    They were planning to launch an all-out attack against the enemy.
    • 1995, Wendy McElroy, “Preface”, in XXX: A Woman's Right to Pornography[1], archived from the original on 10 April 2007:
      Chapter Six is an all-out defense of pornography
    • 2011 March 1, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2 - 1 Man Utd”, in BBC[2]:
      This was a wonderful advert for the Premier League, with both Chelsea and United intent on all-out attack - but Ferguson will be concerned at how his side lost their way after imperiously controlling much of the first period.
    • 2020 April 8, “Network News: COVID-19: Questions and Answers”, in RAIL, page 11:
      Will there be any further restrictions on travel?
      [...] The Foreign Office has already issued an Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice for British nationals not to undertake any but essential international travel, but an all-out ban from either the British or French governments would leave Eurostar unable to run any of its international services through the Channel Tunnel.
    • 2022 December 14, Christian Wolmar, “Productivity should play no part in pay negotiations”, in RAIL, number 972, page 46:
      Eventually the NUR overplayed its hands with an all-out strike. And when Peter Parker, the then-chairman of BR, who was well regarded among his staff, called their bluff by threatening to close down the entire network, they caved in.
  2. Covering all aspects without exception.
    This book is an all-out examination of a very important issue in our community.

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all-out (comparative more all-out, superlative most all-out)

  1. Alternative form of all out
    The tanks attacked all-out with the infantry.


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