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grand total

The final amount after adding several different numbers or sums. After everything was accounted for, the cost of remodeling the kitchen came to a grand total of $4,500.
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perfect stranger

 and total stranger
Fig. a person who is completely unknown [to oneself]. I was stopped on the street by a perfect stranger who wanted to know my name. If a total stranger asked me such a personal question, I am sure I would not answer!
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total something up

to add up the total of something. Please total the bill up and let me see the cost. Total up the bill and give it to me.
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in total

the whole number or amount of something Last week only 45 people in total came to see the exhibit.
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sum total

The entirety, everything, as in I spent all day in the kitchen and the sum total of my efforts is this cake. [Mid-1600s]
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total up

To calculate something, especially by addition: At the end of the game, the judge totaled the points up and declared the winner. We totaled up all the items in our shopping cart to make sure we had enough money.
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1. mod. wrecked; damaged beyond repair. (From totally wrecked.) The car was totaled. There was nothing that could be saved.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Tom was too totaled to talk.
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in total

All together; entirely.
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1 million square feet of acquisitions during the first quarter for an estimated total investment of approximately $372 million.
This total represents an average of 5,660 crimes for every 100,000 U.
For 5- and 10-year intervals, the 1991 Index total was 10 percent higher than in 1987 and 15 percent above the 1982 level.
Private building, which includes residential and nonresidential building, totals $50.
Ben Bartolotto, Director of CIRB, reports that heavy construction in the first nine months of 2004 totals $6.
California's total construction volume for September totals $5.
According to CIRB analysts, the year-to-date figures show private building construction (residential and private nonresidential) totals $34.
7 percent from the previous month while public works construction, which includes both highway-heavy construction and government buildings, totals $1.
California's public works construction, which includes government building plus heavy construction, totals $11.
3 percent, thanks to major public works projects which inflate the totals.
In the first two months of 2001, nonresidential building totals $2.
This figure surpasses the past four monthly highway-heavy monthly totals.
Dodge of the McGraw-Hill Companies, California's construction activity totals $37.
According to statistical data compiled by the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB) and analyzed by Lamberson Koster & Company, surety and insurance brokers in San Francisco, year-to-date totals in residential building (measured by new housing units in building permits) is up 24.
California's building activity volume in May totals $3.