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a bit of all right
Physically attractive. (Said of a person.) Primarily heard in UK. As the tall, blond woman in a black dress sauntered across the room, Billy turned to his friend and said, "She's a bit of all right, isn't she?"
1. A sentence substitute used when one agrees to something or acknowledges something, similar to "OK" or "sure." It can be neutral or it can indicate reluctance. A: "Hey, can you give me a ride home?" B: "All right. Hop in." All right, we can have pizza for dinner tonight, just stop whining about it! A: "I'm going out, I'll be back tonight." B: "All right, see you later."
2. interjection Great! Indicates one's excitement about something. All right, I got a perfect score on my test! My package came today? All right!
3. adjective Fair. Emphasizes that something is not especially good or bad. That movie was just all right. Don't waste your money seeing it in the theater, but it might be worth a rental. My foot feels all right these days, but I'm not ready to run a marathon or anything.
4. adjective Safe. Uninjured or unharmed. Sorry for making such a sharp turn there! Is everyone all right?
5. adverb For certain. Typically used at the end of a sentence to emphasize that something is definitely true, perhaps with a note of sarcasm or annoyance. My boyfriend is late all right—he was supposed to be here an hour ago!
all right(y) already
Please stop; that's enough. Typically used as an expression of frustration. All right already! We can have pizza for dinner tonight, just stop whining about it! All righty already! I'm turning off the TV because I can't watch that movie one more time!
all right for you
An expression typically said by a frustrated child before an act of vengeance. All right for you! I'm taking my ball and going home!
all right with (one)
Agreeable or acceptable to someone. I asked, and it's all right with them if we come over after dinner. It's all right with me if you want to watch that movie—I heard it's funny.
everything's going to be all right
A phrase of comfort in times of stress or uncertainty. I know you're worried about finding a new job, but everything's going to be all right, I promise.
be all right
1. To be of fair quality; to not be especially good or bad. That movie was just all right. Don't waste your money seeing it in the theater, but it might be worth a rental. My foot is all right these days, but I'm not ready to run a marathon or anything.
2. To be safe, uninjured, unharmed, or in a healthy or satisfactory state. Sorry for making such a sharp turn there! Is everyone all right? The back roads are a bit slippery, but if you stick to the main routes you'll be all right.
3. To be acceptable or permissible. Is it all right if I open a window in here?
I'm all right, Jack
The notion of self-centered complacency, i.e., of being satisfied or happy with one's circumstances, and thus unconcerned with anyone else's. Often used as a modifier before a noun, though typically not hyphenated. Primarily heard in UK. What's most interesting is that people who get supplementary income from the government are more likely to have an "I'm all right, Jack" attitude about welfare, tending to oppose broadening the scope to include others who earn less money each week, or none at all.
it'll be all right on the night
Some event or activity will ultimately be successful or adequate once it has begun, especially despite difficulties before it. A: "Three more people said they can't come on Saturday. This party is going to be a disaster!" B: "Don't worry, sweetie, it'll be all right on the night." He keeps saying it will be all right on the night, but he hasn't done any studying for this exam yet!
it's all right for some
Used to express one's jealousy or contempt at someone else's success or good fortune. Ugh, Ross just posted pictures of him and Steve lounging on a beach in Hawaii. It's all right for some, huh? As the neighbor drove by in her brand new Ferrari, I could hear my father mutter, "It's all right for some."
it's all right
Don't worry about something; no need to thank one or apologize for something. A: "Thanks so much for picking up the kids for me, Mom." B: "Oh, it's all right, sweetie." A: "I'm so sorry for inconveniencing you like this." B: "It's all right, I wasn't in any rush." A: "Rebecca, don't touch the gentleman's computer!" B: "It's all right, it's in standby right now, so she can't do anything to it."
that's all right
Don't worry about something; no need to thank one or apologize for something. A: "Thanks so much for picking up the kids for me, Mom." B: "Oh, that's all right, sweetie." A: "I'm so sorry for inconveniencing you like this." B: "that's all right, I wasn't in any rush." A: "Rebecca! Don't touch the gentleman's computer!" B: "That's all right, it's in standby right now, so she can't do anything to it."
turn out all right
1. To have an agreeable, acceptable, or successful outcome, especially in the face of difficulties or setbacks. I know things have been hard while you're looking for work, but everything will turn out all right, I promise. I was a little worried about how the movie would be, given its troubled production, but I'm happy to say it turned out all right.
2. To be or become a well-adjusted, healthy, or capable adult. Everyone is so obsessed with feeding their kids nothing but organic fruit and vegetables—I was raised on a diet of sugary cereals and fast food, and I turned out all right! You're going to make mistakes, but as long as you give your kids unconditional love and do your best, they'll turn out all right.
do all right by (one)
To treat one favorably and respectfully. I need to put aside my work stress and remember that my true goal in life is to do all right by you and the kids.
1. an indication of agreement or acquiescence. (Often pronounced aright in familiar conversation.) Father: Do it now, before you forget. Bill: All right. Tom: Please remember to bring me back a pizza. Sally: All right, but I get some of it.
2. Inf. a shout of agreement or encouragement. (Usually All right!) Alice: Come on, let's give Sally some encouragement. Fred: All right, Sally! Keep it up! You can do it! "That's the way to go! All right!" shouted various members of the audience.
3. well, good, or okay, but not excellent. (This phrase has all the uses that okay has.) I was a little sick, but now I'm all right. His work is all right, but nothing to brag about. All right, it's time to go.
4. beyond a doubt; as the evidence shows. The dog's dead all right. It hasn't moved at all. The train's late all right. There must be a problem up the line.
Everything's going to be all right,and Everything will be all right.; Everything will be okay.; Everything will be just fine.; Everything will be great.
Do not worry, everything will be okay. "Don't worry, Fred," comforted Bill "Everything will be all right." Mary: I just don't know if I can go on! Bob: Now, now. Everything will be just fine.
1. Completely correct, as in You have a perfect score-your answers are all right. (It could just as well be put as "all your answers are right.")
2. In proper or working order, in a satisfactory way, as in The engine is running all right now. [Late 1800s] Also see turn out all right.
3. In good health, as in John had the flu, but he's all right now. [Early 1900s]
4. Not injured, safe, as in It was just a minor accident and everyone is all right. [Early 1900s]
5. Very well, yes, as in Do you want to leave now?-All right, or All right, we'll stay home. [First half of 1800s] Also see all right with you.
6. Certainly, without a doubt, as in It's late all right, but it will probably come today. [Mid-1800s]
7. Hurrah! Good for you, as in All right! your team has done it again! [Slang; mid-1900s]
8. Also, all-right. Good, satisfactory. For example, This restaurant is all right, or Harry is an all-right guy. [Slang; mid-1900s]
all right for you
I'm angry with you. This interjection usually accompanies a threat of revenge, as in All right for you-I won't go out with you again. [Early 1900s]
turn out all right
Also, work out all right. Succeed, as in The new cover turned out all right, or We're hoping their vacation will work out all right. The first term uses turn out in the sense of "result"; the variant uses work out in the sense of "proceed so as to produce a certain outcome," a usage dating from the later 1800s. Also see pan out; work out.
a bit of all rightINFORMAL
If you describe someone as a bit of all right, you mean that they are physically attractive. Note: In the first and third expressions, a `bit' is a piece of metal which is held in a horse's mouth by the bridle and reins. `He's a bit of all right, isn't he?' said Isadora, looking at a tall man near the door.
I'm all right, Jack
People say I'm all right, Jack to mean that their own situation is good and they do not care about anyone else. It's easy to think only of yourselves, say `I'm all right Jack' and sign the contract. Note: I'm all right, Jack is used before nouns to describe this kind of attitude. That's a bit of an I'm all right Jack attitude isn't it?
a bit of all righta pleasing person or thing, especially a woman regarded sexually. British informal
I'm all right, Jackused to express or comment upon selfish complacency. informal
I'm all right, Jack was an early 20th-century catchphrase which became the title of a 1959 British film.
a bit of all ˈright(British English, slang) a very attractive person: He’s a bit of all right, don’t you think, Madge?
be all right (by/with somebody)be convenient (for somebody); be allowed: ‘Yes, thank you, I will stay the night if it’s all right with you.’ ♢ Is it all right to park here?
I’m all ˈright, Jack(British English, informal) used by or about somebody who is happy with their own life and does not care about other people’s problems: He has a typical ‘I’m all right, Jack’ attitude — as long as he’s doing well he doesn’t care about anyone else.
it’ll be all ˌright on the ˈnight(saying) used to say that a performance, an event, etc. will be successful even if the preparations for it have not gone well
it’s ˌall right for ˈsomeused to show that you are jealous of another person’s good luck: Jane’s going to Paris next week — it’s all right for some, isn’t it?
1. interj. yes; okay. All right. I’ll do it.
2. mod. for sure; for certain. He’s the one who said it, all right.
3. mod. okay. (This is hyphenated before a nominal. Slang when used before a nominal.) Willy is an all-right guy.
4. exclam. That’s good!; Keep it up! (A general expression of approval, often cried out from the audience during a performance or at applause time. Usually All right! The right is drawn out and falling in pitch.) “All right!” cried the crowd when they heard the announcement about the pay increase.