of all things

of all things

Of all the possibilities (this is the most surprising or unlikely). When he retired, he took up painting, of all things. He had never even picked up a paintbrush before that! After spending his childhood in and out of detention centers, he became, of all things, a cop.
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of all things

From all the possibilities, as in I said I'd help in any way I can, and of all things they want me to handle publicity. This term, generally expressing surprise, was first recorded in 1925.
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of ˈall people/places/things

used to emphasize that the person/place/thing is the most or least likely in the circumstances: You of all people should be sympathetic, having just had a similar accident yourself.If it’s a rest they need, then why go to New York of all places?
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The Qur'an holds that all things have a dominion and then goes on to assert that the dominion of all things is in the power and control of God, the Dominus.
In the prayer for the first day of Rajab, (10) God is described as the Limiter--the Setter of the limits of all things (ddu kulli madd), meaning that it is God who reveals and causes all things to descend in particular measures and limits and the decree of all things is in His command.
It is for this reason that the Qur'an, which holds God to be the Revealer and the source of descent of all things to nature, describes God as the Creator (al-khaliq) and Originator (al-fatir) of the heavens and the earth.
There is one Creator of all things, for in God there is one Father from whom all things have their being.
Yes, fans of all things retro, the Trolls are back, sporting a new look, a new agenda, a new target audience and a Z.
We say, "As you know, we're all just part of the great cycles of all things and because we're all part of the same Creation, we're all just part of one tremendous family.
Of all things, Bynum discovers that discussion of hybrids occupied pride of place in the thought of St.
Each person is not the measure of all things when it comes to the preexisting natural world out of which we evolved.
You got it right: humans are the measure of all things human.
Meanwhile, humans enjoy a space of time during which they will be the measure of all things human -- and the rest of nature will be the measure of humanity.
Confronted with the fate of a man on death row, the staff of All Things Considered could think only of their own discomfort, their own problems caused by the controversy, their own political and professional security.
Given the academy's slavish adoration of all things British, ``Gosford Park'' is likely the only long-shot capable of making the dance card.
And Tree - the climbable embodiment of all things green.