by all accounts

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  • First attested in 1798.


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Prepositional phrase[edit]

by all accounts

  1. (literally) According to all available accounts or reports.
    • 1881, Francis Beaufort Palmer, Company precedents, for use in relation to companies subject to the Companies acts 1862 to 1880. With copious notes., page 512:
      [] and also by all accounts of the surplus which shall from time to time be settled between the new company and the liquidators of the old company []
  2. (idiomatic) According to everything that people have said.
    • 1878, Charles Dickens, All Year Round, page 161:
      The reputation of the elder Baron, although by all accounts justly merited, was destined to be completely thrown into the shade by that of his son []
    • 1887, William Carleton, Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry, page 302:
      [] that they say, by all accounts, it costs him great trouble to make, by rason that he must fast a long time, and pray by the day, afore he gets himself []
    • 2007, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life, →ISBN, page 272:
      I sent the particulars to the ship-builder, and by all accounts the news killed him, for he died not long after.
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