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all over the place

1. (noun) Everywhere; over a great distance or area. Now that we've graduated, my college friends are all over that place, and I hardly ever see them. Please clean your room, your clothes are all over the place!
2. (adjective) Very scattered or disorganized; ill-conceived. Boy, that presentation was all over the place. It's like they wrote it five minutes before taking the stage!
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all over the place

Also, all over town or the world . See under all over, def. 1.
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all over the place

COMMON If something is happening or exists all over the place, it is happening or it exists in many different places. Businesses are closing down all over the place. There are picket lines all over the place.
1. If things are all over the place, they are spread over a very large area, usually in a disorganized way. There were clothes lying all over the place.
2. If you say that someone is all over the place, you mean that they are confused or disorganized, and unable to think clearly or act sensibly. She only had two weeks to prepare and she was all over the place trying not to collapse. When I played in the Scottish tournament I was all over the place.
See also: all, over, place

all over the place

in a state of confusion or disorganization. informal
Other variants of this phrase include all over the map and all over the lot which are North American, and all over the shop which is mainly British.
1997 Spectator The government…proposed equalising standards and making them comparable…there could be no clearer admission that standards are all over the place.
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all ˈover the place

(informal)
1 everywhere: In my job I have to travel all over the place.
2 not neat or tidy; not well organized: There were books and papers all over the place.Your calculations are all over the place (= completely wrong).
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all over the place

In or to many locations; everywhere: Film is sold all over the place.
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