all of the above


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all of the above

Every item or option previously listed. While this phrase is often said in casual conversation, it is also used as an answer on multiple choice tests. A: "What happened? Did you get stuck in traffic? Were you late? Was the boss mad?" B: "All of the above! It was a terrible morning."
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none of the above

None of the items or options previously listed. While this phrase is often said in casual conversation, it is also used as an answer on multiple choice tests. A: "What do you want on your pizza? Pepperoni? Sausage? Mushrooms?" B: "None of the above, actually. I like olives."
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all of the above

Also, none of the above. Each one (not any) of the above-named alternatives. For example, Have you decided to quit and announced your decision, or do you want to find another job first?-None of the above . These phrases originated as answers to a multiple-choice question on a test but are now also used colloquially, often as a form of avoiding a direct answer. They use above in the sense of "preceding," a usage dating from the second half of the 1700s.
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none of the above

see under all of the above.
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