- (idiomatic) Including every object, attribute, or process associated with preceding item or series of items.
- He ate the whole fish, bones and all.
1995 8/21, “Pros and Cons of the Balanced Budget Amendment”, Ind_Limbaugh:
- Now proper French tradition requires that when you eat the ortolan, you drape a napkin over your head and consume the bird in one bite, beak, bones and all.
1998 5/15, Barry Bearak, “Hailing Danger; Behind the Wheel: Long Hours and Hard Feelings”, New York Times:
- The facts of the accident, however, are too ambiguous to reek of malice or recklessness. And the drivers involved, flaws and all, are hardly demons.
2008 9/16, Ken Hoffman, “An oak tree is no longer mighty”, Houston Chronicle, page STAR 1:
- We had six large trees ripped from the ground, roots and all. A firefighter told me that the wind hit 110 mph in West U.
- (idiomatic, informal) Used to suggest certain unstated relevant implications or what has been stated.
- What with you saying he was sick and all, I figured neither of you were coming.
- (Northern England, Scotland) Used to add emphasis.
- He starts yelling and we come running to help, but a fat load of thanks we get and all!
- (Northern England, Scotland) as well
- Can terminate lists of one or more nouns, verbs, adjectives, or adverbs.
- Senses 3 and 4 used mainly in Scotland, compare an a'.
idiomatic: including every item associated with preceding item or items