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at all

without qualification. (See the examples for word order variations.) It really wasn't very cold at all. It really wasn't at all cold. Tom will eat anything at all.
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at all

1. to any degree Some plants do not grow at all in that climate. Did she ever hear from Linda at all?
Usage notes: also used in the forms any at all (any amount whatever) and the negative (not) much at all (not to any great degree): The problem wasn't getting good health care but getting any at all. I never knew much at all about fine art.
2. under any conditions She would not have been happy there at all.
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at all

1. In any way or manner, as in Is she able to sing at all?
2. To any extent, as in Was she at all surprised?
3. For any reason, as in Why bother at all?
4. In the slightest degree, under any circumstances, as in She simply refused to walk at all. This construction often occurs in the negative, as in He was not at all frightened. All four senses of this phrase date from the mid-1300s.
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at all

1. In any way: unable to walk at all.
2. To any extent; whatever: not at all sorry.
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