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all-out

Taking, requiring, or using all of one's effort or resources toward something; complete, total, or all-encompassing. I've been stuck in this cubicle for years now. I'm ready for an all-out adventure somewhere! You're going to have to give us an all-out effort in the next game if you want to stay on the team.

all out

With all one's strength, ability, or resources; not holding back. For example, They are going all out to make the fund-raiser a success. This seemingly modern term dates from about 1300, when it meant "completely" or "wholly." It now refers to making a great effort and is also used adjectivally, as in an all-out effort. This usage became current in America in the late 1800s, with reference to races and other kinds of athletic exertion. In the mid-1900s it gave rise to the phrase to go all out and was transferred to just about any energetic undertaking. Also see go whole hog.
See also: all, out

all out

using all your strength or resources.
See also: all, out

all out

With all one's strength, ability, or resources.
See also: all, out
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The picket line outside James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, yesterday as junior doctors staged the NHS's first all-out strike.
Therefore, the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK will launch an all-out military strike to blow up the group's means for the psychological warfare," it said.
We can deal with Palestinian terrorism in the course of preparing for all-out war," he said, "but we can't prepare for war while dealing only with terrorism.
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The threat of all-out war between America, Europe, and the Middle East casts a spectral shadow; Commander Samuel (Jim) Bowie and the crew of the USS Towers, plus a handful of navy destroyers, must work fast to end the crisis before all hell breaks loose.
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The scathing attacks present in these classical manuscripts demonstrate that all-out verbal assault was as skillfully used centuries ago as it is today, if not more so
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But an all-out war on the militants could cause a split within the Wahhabi religious establishment, which has long been a source of legitimacy for the House of Saud (see who's who in the FAP survey of this week's Diplomat).
In his memory and the memory of countless other innocent victims, we must do no less in waging an all-out war on L.
As a result, turn-outs in the last local and European polls resembled not so much a vote as an all-out electoral strike.
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Fourth, there is a growing realization among finance and central bank officials as well as experts all over continental Europe that the terrorist attacks on the United States and the divisive Iraq war have led to an alarming American assertiveness in international financial institutions and an all-out effort to bring the international agenda under the control of the "Bush Warriors" and their willing friends.
RAIL union chiefs have denied planning an all-out strike on First North Western trains after introducing a weekly levy to support striking drivers.