for all (one) is worth

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for all (one) is worth

1. To the greatest degree or extent of one's ability; to the utmost; as vigorously or intensely as possible. When I saw the police approaching, I ran for all I was worth.
2. As much as one has available or to offer. If you can't get her to sign a prenup now, that guy is liable to take her for all she's worth if they get divorced.
See also: all, for, worth
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for all one is worth

1. To the utmost of one's power or ability, as in Coming onto the homestretch she ran for all she was worth. [Second half of 1800s]
2. for all or for what it's worth ; for whatever it's worth. Even though it may not be important or valuable. For example, Here's my opinion, for what it's worth, or For whatever it's worth I've decided to take the train. [Late 1800s]
See also: all, for, one, worth
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for all someone is worth

1 as energetically or enthusiastically as someone can. 2 so as to obtain everything you can from someone. informal
1 1995 Kate Atkinson Behind the Scenes at the Museum In the kitchen, Brian, Adrian's lover, is wearing Bunty's pink rubber gloves and washing up for all he's worth.
See also: all, for, someone, worth
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do something for ˌall you are ˈworth

do something with as much energy and effort as possible: I shouted for all I was worth but no one heard me.
See also: all, for, something, worth
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for all (one) is worth

To the utmost of one's powers or ability.
See also: all, for, worth
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
"Fasten yourself upon the woman for all she's worth."
But Lydia, who is milking her role in this latest scandal for all she's worth, is also responsible for driving a massive wedge between Elizabeth and Darcy.
Meanwhile, Donna pouts for all she's worth as she hopes to become the face of Lady Byrne's charity campaign.
One minute she was rumba-ing away for all she's worth in Strictly Come Dancing -- the next the lass from Prestatyn is practically doubled up in agony having torn cartilage next to her
Lisa Kekaula from the Bellrays, hollers for all she's worth, letting dance kings Basement Jaxx, create a modern classic with all the spiteful sentiment of the disco anthem, I Will Survive.
DOGGY-paddling for all she's worth, Daisy the boxer swims underwater for a breathtaking 30 seconds at a time.