in the altogether

(redirected from altogether)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.

in the altogether

Naked. I keep having the dream where I walk into my high school in the altogether!

*in the altogether

 and *in the buff; *in the nude; *in the raw
Fig. naked; nude. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~; sleep ~.) The museum has a painting of some ladies in the buff. Mary felt a little shy about getting into the altogether. Bill says he sleeps in the raw.

in the altogether

Also, in or stripped to the buff ; in the raw. Naked, nude, as in The art class wanted a model to pose in the altogether, or She was stripped to the buff when the doorbell rang, or He always sleeps in the raw. The first of these colloquial terms dates from the late 1800s. In the buff, a seemingly modern locution dates from the 1600s, buff alluding to a soft, undyed leather, buffskin, that also gave its name to the color. The use of raw, presumably also alluding to raw (undressed) leather, dates from the early 1900s.

in the altogether

without any clothes on; naked. informal
1991 Today The mothers…have agreed to pose in the altogether.
References in classic literature ?
Our terror at beholding this hideous thing was very great, but it was even surpassed by our astonishment, when upon getting a nearer look, we perceived upon the creature's back a vast number of animals about the size and shape of men, and altogether much resembling them, except that they wore no garments (as men do), being supplied (by nature, no doubt) with an ugly uncomfortable covering, a good deal like cloth, but fitting so tight to the skin, as to render the poor wretches laughably awkward, and put them apparently to severe pain.
As the smoke cleared away, we saw one of the odd man-animals standing near the head of the large beast with a trumpet in his hand, through which(putting it to his mouth) he presently addressed us in loud, harsh, and disagreeable accents, that, perhaps, we should have mistaken for language, had they not come altogether through the nose.
One of the evil genii, who are perpetually upon the watch to inflict ill, has put it into the heads of these accomplished ladies that the thing which we describe as personal beauty consists altogether in the protuberance of the region which lies not very far below the small of the back.
You no like walk about along me, you finish close up altogether.
On the other hand his verse is generally altogether devoid of the finer qualities of poetry.
The tenth section of the first article consists altogether of such provisions.
My misfortune was to carry it into print when I began to write a story, in the Ik Marvel manner, or rather to compose it in type at the case, for that was what I did; and it was not altogether imitated from Ik Marvel either, for I drew upon the easier art of Dickens at times, and helped myself out with bald parodies of Bleak House in many places.
While noting these things with an interest and attention which it now astonishes me to recall I felt myself thrust aside, and Judge Veigh, whom in the intensity and vicissitudes of my feelings I had altogether forgotten, pushed by me into the room.
The king's been suckered altogether, But altogether the all together He's altogether the reddest face on Redcar's seafront hub Whatever it is ,it's not a pier It's taken the place of the lavatories here And most of the people think we're better off with a pub
BITLIS, Dec 19, 2010 (TUR) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that, "we altogether shoulder responsibility and overcome the sufferings of the past.
But no one wins if the excessive politics dooms the initiative altogether.
As a vegetarian I have noticed more people appear to be buying vegetarian meals and perhaps cutting down on meat or avoiding it altogether.
Our church has failed to give them this guidance, and those who do not turn from religion altogether are likely to find their answers in the religious right.
Altogether, the average deal in the town jumped 158% over the past three months to 14,620 SF, propelling total leasing in the third quarter to a level more than triple the previous period.
Yet the extension of marriage to same-sex individuals is really aimed at abolishing marriage altogether.