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, worth

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, one, worth

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, someone, worth

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, something, worth

for all (one) is worth

To the utmost of one's powers or ability.
See also: all, worth
References in classic literature ?
You stroll carelessly up-town, but when you're once out of sight you leg it for all you're worth for Dan Maloney's.
But, lor' love yer `art, now that the old `ooman has stuck a chunk of her tea-cake in me, an' rinsed me out with her bloomin' old teapot, and I've lit hup, you may scratch my ears for all you're worth, and won't even get a growl out of me.
Once show that you know you're being followed, and it's flight or fight for all you're worth.
Until then, enjoy the Real You for all you're worth.
2 Find this year's most ridiculously underpriced runner whose odds owe considerably more to hyperbole than to its exploits on the track and lay it for all you're worth.