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 an 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.
See also: all, of, thing
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Neither, if we mean our future guardians to regard the habit of quarrelling among themselves as of all things the basest, should any word be said to them of the wars in heaven, and of the plots and fightings of the gods against one another, for they are not true.
It follows therefore that the good is not the cause of all things, but of the good only?
Then God, if he be good, is not the author of all things, as the many assert, but he is the cause of a few things only, and not of most things that occur to men.
Let this then be one of our rules and principles concerning the gods, to which our poets and reciters will be expected to conform-- that God is not the author of all things, but of good only.
Casaubon at once to teach her the languages, dreading of all things to be tiresome instead of helpful; but it was not entirely out of devotion to her future husband that she wished to know Latin and Creek.
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.
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.
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.
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.