all of the above


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all of the above

Every item or option previously listed. While this phrase is often said in casual conversation, it is also used as an answer on multiple choice tests. A: "What happened? Did you get stuck in traffic? Were you late? Was the boss mad?" B: "All of the above! It was a terrible morning."
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all of the above

Also, none of the above. Each one (not any) of the above-named alternatives. For example, Have you decided to quit and announced your decision, or do you want to find another job first?-None of the above . These phrases originated as answers to a multiple-choice question on a test but are now also used colloquially, often as a form of avoiding a direct answer. They use above in the sense of "preceding," a usage dating from the second half of the 1700s.
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