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by all accounts

According to the information or reports that are available or from what people are saying. I don't know how we survived that plane crash; by all accounts, we should be dead right now! By all accounts, this film is the best one of the year!
See also: account, all

according to Cocker

Indicates and/or emphasizes that something is correct, right, or reliable. Refers to 17th-century English arithmetician Edward Cocker. Primarily heard in UK. Now that I've read over my thesis five times, I am quite sure it's free of errors and completed according to Cocker! The car leaking that much oil does not seem to be according to Cocker—I think you should take it to the shop as soon as possible.
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according to Gunter

Indicates and/or emphasizes that something is correct, right, or reliable. Considered the American equivalent of the British phrase, "according to Cocker." Refers to 16th-century English mathematician Edmund Gunter. Now that I've read over my thesis five times, I am quite sure it's free of errors and completed according to Gunter! The car leaking that much oil does not seem to be according to Gunter—I think you should take it to the shop as soon as possible.
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accord with something

to agree with or match up with something; to jibe with something. Does this accord with what you heard?
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according to all accounts

 and by all accounts
from all the reports [that are available]; according to what everyone is saying. According to all accounts, the police were on the scene immediately. By all accounts, it was a very poor performance.
See also: accord, account, all

according to Hoyle

according to the rules; in keeping with the way something is normally done. (Alludes to the rules for playing games. Edmond Hoyle wrote a widely used book with rules for card games. This expression is usually used for something other than games.) That's wrong. According to Hoyle, this is the way to do it.
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according to one's own lights

according to the way one believes; according to the way one's conscience or inclinations lead one. John may have been wrong, but he did what he did according to his own lights.
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according to someone or something

as said or indicated by someone or something. According to the weather forecast, this should be a beautiful day.
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according to something

in proportion to something. You will get paid according to the number of hours that you work.
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cut one's coat according to one's cloth

 and cut one's coat to suit one's cloth
Prov. to plan one's aims and activities in line with one's resources and circumstances. We would like a bigger house, but we must cut our coat according to our cloth. They can't afford a vacation abroad—they have to cut their coat according to their cloth.
See also: accord, cloth, coat, cut

in accord (with someone or something) (about someone or something)

agreeing with someone or something. I am in complete accord with you about the policy changes. We are in accord about the proposal.
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of one's own accord

 and of one's own free will
by one's own choice, without coercion. I wish that Sally would choose to do it of her own accord. I'll have to order her to do it because she won't do it of her own free will.
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reach an accord (with someone)

 and reach an agreement (with someone)
to come to an agreement with someone. I hope that we can reach an accord with the union so work can start again. We will try one more time to reach an agreement with you. We reached an agreement and signed a contract.
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of somebody's/something's own accord

without being asked or forced to My mother thought something was wrong when I cleaned up my room of my own accord. My legs seemed to move of their own accord.
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on its (own) merits

based on considering which person or thing has the best qualities Judge the product on its own merits and not on any advertising claims.
See also: merit, on

of your own accord

if you do something of your own accord, you do it without being asked to do it She left of her own accord. I didn't tell her to go.
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cut your coat according to your cloth

  also cut your cloth according to your means
to only buy what you have enough money to pay for Of course we'd love a huge expensive house, but you have to cut your coat according to your cloth.
See also: accord, cloth, coat, cut

according to Hoyle

In keeping with established rules; on the highest authority, as in The tax records are in excellent order, all according to Hoyle. Edmond Hoyle (1679-1769) of England, author of books of rules for card games, was so highly regarded that numerous writers used his name on their own rule books, even for games that had not been invented by the time of Hoyle's death, so that his name became synonymous with any rules.
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by all accounts

Also, according to all accounts. From all reports available, from what everyone is saying. For example, By all accounts the party was a great success, or They spent a fortune on their cruise, according to all accounts. These phrases rely on account in the sense of "a particular report or description of some event." [Late 1700s]
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of one's own accord

Also, of one's own free will. Voluntarily, without prompting or coercion, as in The entire audience rose of their own accord, or No, I'm climbing this mountain of my own free will. The first term dates from about 1450, the variant from about 1600.
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on its merits

Also, on one's merits or according to one's merits . With regard only to the intrinsic quality of something or someone. For example, Who supports it doesn't matter; we have to consider the idea solely on its merits, or The agency doesn't care about her references but wants to hire candidates according to their merits . [Late 1800s]
See also: merit, on

according to Hoyle

In accord with the prescribed rules or regulations.
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References in classic literature ?
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Credentialing, the process of reviewing and verifying a health-care provider's qualifications, is a"necessary evil" for physicians to participate in managed care plans, according to Margolis.
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PACIFIC PALISADES - All lanes of Pacific Coast Highway near Pacific Palisades reopened Sunday after being shut down because a car crashed into a hydrant, flooding the road, according to Caltrans.
According to Wagar, North American financial statements, with notable but limited exceptions, have traditionally applied a depreciated historical cost convention in financial reporting.
Business jet operations at large airports throughout the United States increased in 2003, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, while fractional ownership of airplanes throughout the world also lifted during the year by nearly 7%.
The standardized approach is similar to the current framework in that bank assets are categorized and then weighted according to fixed risk weights for the various categories specified by supervisors.
Explorer Hernando DeSoto liked hogs and brought 13 with him to Florida in 1539; by 1993 more than two million feral hogs were uprooting untold acres of plants in 23 states and preying on forest birds, yet delighting game hunters, according to federal reports.
According to the VNS exit poll data, among those who said abortion should be illegal in most or all cases, the vast majority voted for Bush (74 percent "in all cases," 69 percent "in most cases").
The number of foundries in China is estimated to be 12,000 (although it is difficult to give a precise estimate because many small shops have opened up since the government announcement of the reform and open policy), according to Miao.
Weights for sovereign lending most likely vary according to rating by agencies such as Moody's Investor Services and Standard & Poor's.