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See also: Every
From Middle English every, everich, eaver-euch, averiche, aver alche, ever ælche, from Old English ǣfre ǣlċ, ǣfre ǣġhwilċ, ǣfre ġehwilċ (“each and every”), equivalent to ever + each and/or ever + which.
- All of a countable group (considered individually), without exception.
- Every person in the room stood and cheered.
- 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate […], New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619:
- At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. […] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter V, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071:
- Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.
- 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
- Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.
- Denotes equal spacing at a stated interval, or a proportion corresponding to such a spacing.
- We stopped for refreshments every ten miles.
- The alarm is going off every few minutes.
- Every third bead was red, and the rest were blue. The sequence was thus red, blue, blue, red, blue, blue etc.
- Decimation originally meant the execution of every tenth soldier in a unit; that is, ten per cent of soldiers were killed.
- (with certain nouns) Denotes an abundance of something.
- We wish you every happiness in the future.
- I have every confidence in him.
- There is every reason why we should not go.
- a chicken in every pot
- behind every successful man there stands a woman
- each and every
- every bit
- every cloud has a silver lining
- every dog has its day
- every last
- every little helps
- every man for himself
- every man Jack, every man jack
- every nook and cranny
- every other
- every second
- every so often
- every time
- every which way
- every which where
- hang on someone's every word
- there are two sides to every question
- there is an exception to every rule
- worth every penny
- Sranan Tongo: ibri
all of a countable group
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- Now generally used only for a group of three or more, but formerly could be used for two, in the sense of "each" or "both":
- 1828, James Hogg, Mary Burnet
- But it is true that I tell ye; our dear bairn is to meet us at Moffat the morn, wi' a son in every hand; and we maun e'en gang and see her aince again, and kiss her and bless her afore we dee.
- 1828, James Hogg, Mary Burnet
- Alternative form of
- 1387–1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Prologues”, in [The Canterbury Tales] (Hengwrt Chaucer; Peniarth Manuscript 392D), Aberystwyth, Ceredigion: National Library of Wales, published c. 1400–1410], OCLC 14061358, folio 2, recto:
- Whan that Auerill wt his shoures soote / The droghte of march hath ꝑced to the roote / And bathed euery veyne in swich lycour / Of which v̄tu engendred is the flour […]
- When that April, with its sweet showers / Has pierced March's drought to the root / And bathed every vein in fluid such that / with its power, the flower is made […]