Idioms with “ALL”
a short list of Idioms with ” All ” :
1-All ages and stripes:
A shorthand for expressing a diversity of folks in a group.
If you have known or suspected something all along, then you have felt this from the beginning.
3-All bets are off:
If all bets are off, then agreements that have been made no longer apply.
4-All bark and no bite:
When someone talks tough but really isn’t, they are all bark and no bite.
If someone all but does something, they almost do it, but don’t manage to.
6-All cats are grey in the dark:
Things are indistinguishable in the dark so appearances don’t matter.(‘All cats are grey at night’ is also used.)
7-All dressed up and nowhere to go:
You’re prepared for something that isn’t going to happen.
If someone says they’re all ears, they are very interested in hearing about something.
9-All eyes on me:
If all eyes are on someone, then everyone is paying attention to them.
10-All fingers and thumbs:
If you’re all fingers and thumbs, you are too excited or clumsy to do something properly that requires manual dexterity. ‘All thumbs’ is an alternative form of the idiom.
11- All hat, no cattle:
(USA) When someone talks big, but cannot back it up, they are all hat, no cattle.(‘Big hat, no cattle’ is also used.)
Someone who is all heart is very kind and generous.
13-All hell broke loose:
When all hell breaks loose, there is chaos, confusion and trouble.
14-All in a day’s work:
If something is all in a day’s work, it is nothing special.
15-All in your head:
If something is all in your head, you have imagined it and it is not real.
16-All mouth and trousers:
(UK) Someone who’s all mouth and trousers talks or boasts a lot but doesn’t deliver. ‘All mouth and no trousers’ is also used, though this is a corruption of the original.
17-All of the above
This idiom can be used to mean everything that has been said or written, especially all the choices or possibilities.
18-All over the map
(USA) If something like a discussion is all over the map, it doesn’t stick to the main topic and goes off on tangents
19-All over the place
If something is completely disorganised or confused, it is all over the place.
20-All roads lead to Rome
This means that there can be many different ways of doing something.
If you’re all set, you are ready for something.
22-All talk and no trousers
(UK) Someone who is all talk and no trousers, talks about doing big, important things, but doesn’t take any action.
23-All your eggs in one basket
If you put all your eggs in one basket, you risk everything at once, instead of trying to spread the risk. (This is often used as a negative imperative- ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’. ‘Have your eggs in one basket’ is also used.)
24-All’s fair in love and war
This idiom is used to say that where there is conflict, people can be expected to behave in a more vicious way.
25-All’s well that ends well
If the end result is good, then everything is good.
26-All the rage
If something’s all the rage, it is very popular or fashionable at the moment.
27-All that glitters is not gold
This means that appearances can be deceptive and things that look or sound valuable can be worthless. (‘All that glistens is not gold’ is an alternative.)
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