- First attested in 1798.
- (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 […]
- (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 1406846120, page 272:
- I sent the particulars to the ship-builder, and by all accounts the news killed him, for he died not long after.
According to everything that people have said
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