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all out

With all one's strength, ability, or resources; not holding back. For example, They are going all out to make the fund-raiser a success. This seemingly modern term dates from about 1300, when it meant "completely" or "wholly." It now refers to making a great effort and is also used adjectivally, as in an all-out effort. This usage became current in America in the late 1800s, with reference to races and other kinds of athletic exertion. In the mid-1900s it gave rise to the phrase to go all out and was transferred to just about any energetic undertaking. Also see go whole hog.
See also: all, out

all out

With all one's strength, ability, or resources.
See also: all, out
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A massive, all-out effort is what's needed -- and has been needed for decades.
Chakir, who would normally spend his Friday nights selling kebabs from a van in Bristol city centre, made his pro bow only last week, flooring and outpointing fellow first-timer Pawel Jas in a battle in which all-out effort compensated for any lack of skill.
Hezbollah leaders, backed by Iran and Syria and bent on the destruction of Israel, have 13,000 Katyusha rockets and thousands of troops to employ in an all-out effort to destabilize Israel and the region.
As the budget and appropriations processes progresses, the DAV will be working closely with Congress, the administration and other veterans service organizations in an all-out effort to ensure adequate resources are provided to meet the needs of America's disabled veterans and their families.
Chinese President Hu Jintao ordered an all-out effort to rescue people from the school, Xinhua said.
The dawn of the twenty-first century has seen the Catholic Church beset with scandals, perhaps most reprehensibly sexual abuse scandals involving children, and the Church has repeatedly reacted in a manner consistent with feudal culture--secrecy, denial, and an all-out effort to protect reputation and institutional resources.
Fourth, there is a growing realization among finance and central bank officials as well as experts all over continental Europe that the terrorist attacks on the United States and the divisive Iraq war have led to an alarming American assertiveness in international financial institutions and an all-out effort to bring the international agenda under the control of the "Bush Warriors" and their willing friends.
Foreseeing disastrous consequences not only in Iraq but throughout the region, they also asked the Iraqis to participate in "an all-out effort to avoid war and prevent untold sufferings for millions of innocent people" (Jan 21/03).
The nation must launch an all-out effort to recruit and retain talented mathematics and science teachers on the same grand scale it did during the space race a generation ago, a federal panel declared last week.
The flag waving is just the latest maneuver in the Brazilian retailer's all-out effort to gain market share.
We have an incredible momentum going now, and in the coming year we will be making an all-out effort to gamer the resources to tackle these problems head-on and make a real impact in people's lives.
Jim Leishman last night demanded all-out effort from his Livingston players to clinch victory and ensure Queen of the South don't leapfrog them into second place.
The promotion of homoeroticism, for example, right on the face of Nazi culture was part of this all-out effort to inoculate the race (a race that had to be won against all odd men out) and grant it immunity from the other fact of life.
It was one thing to harness the President's effective campaign skills in an all-out effort to win Congressional approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but it was quite another to have him go the full distance for genuine health-care reform.
26, 1992, BOMA International has mounted an all-out effort to encourage voluntary compliance with the ADA.