all in all



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all in all (not comparable)

  1. (modal, set phrase) Generally, all things considered
    All in all, it's not a bad little restaurant.
  2. Altogether
    There were twenty absentees all in all.




all in all (uncountable)

  1. Everything that matters; the only thing of importance.
    • 1822, William Goode, Essays on all the scriptural names and titles of Christ (page 181)
      [] to realize, by constant faith, the all-sufficiency of his redeeming power and love — to make him all his salvation and all his desire, the Alpha and Omega of all his hope, his all in all.
    • 1847 January – 1848 July, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair [], London: Bradbury and Evans [], published 1848, →OCLC:
      You saw us all in happier days before he married me. I was all in all then to him; or would he have given up his fortune, his family, as he nobly did to make me happy?
    • 1828, Constantine Henry Phipps Marquess of Normanby, Yes and No: a Tale of the Day, page 12:
      Her mother had been all in all to her: she had never seemed to have any separate existence from that of her child.