all very well

all very well

good but not good enough It's all very well to fully discuss a problem, but finally you have to stop talking and do something about it.
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all very well

acceptable It's all very well to give money to help people, but there needs to be some way of helping them to help themselves.
Usage notes: said about something that is good but not enough by itself
See also: all, very, well

all very well

All right or quite true as far as it goes. For example, It's all very well for Jane to drop out, but how will we find enough women to make up a team? This idiom, first recorded in 1853, generally precedes a question beginning with "but," as in the example. Also see well and good.
See also: all, very, well
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