all over the place

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

all over the place

  1. (idiomatic) In multiple directions or locations, often haphazardly; everywhere.
    Synonym: scattershot
    They started firing all over the place.
    In Genoa there are stray cats all over the place.
    I've been looking for you all over the place.
    • 2004, Ruth Ozeki, All Over Creation, Penguin (→ISBN), page 267:
      I couldn't believe it. “This is insanse! You don't know what you're getting into, Dad. We can't have lots of people swarming all over the place. You're supposed to be getting rest.”
  2. (idiomatic) Inconsistent; lacking a clear pattern; with a large amount of variation.
    Synonym: at random
    I asked each person in turn, and their answers were all over the place.



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