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to all intents and purposes

In every practical or functional sense; almost completely. To all intents and purposes, the gym is ready for tonight's dance. There's only a few small things we still need to do.
See also: all, and, intent, purpose

for (all) practical purposes

In reality; basically. For all practical purposes, I might as well have not handed in this proposal at all, with how swiftly the board rejected it.
See also: practical, purpose

a practical joke

A mischievous trick typically involving some physical action or object intended to make someone look or feel foolish. We hid a rubber snake in the fridge as a practical joke so that it would scare Mom or Dad when they went in for something to eat.
See also: joke, practical

play a practical joke (on one)

To play a mischievous trick on one, typically involving some physical action or object, to make one look or feel foolish. The rubber snake in the fridge scared me so badly that it took me a few minutes to realize it was just my brother playing a practical joke on me.
See also: joke, play, practical

a (kind of) turn of mind

A particular way of considering, thinking about, or approaching things in one's life. My dad always had a very pragmatic turn of mind, so everything he did had to be weighed against how it would benefit him and the family. With the release of his new non-fiction book about international policy, the star athlete has been revealing a surprisingly intellectual turn of mind.
See also: mind, of, turn

for all practical purposes

as might be reasonably expected; essentially. For all practical purposes, this is simply a matter of right and wrong. This should be considered final, for all practical purposes.
See also: all, practical, purpose

to all intents and purposes

Also, for all intents and purposes; for all practical purposes. In every practical sense, virtually. For example, For all intents and purposes the case is closed, or For all practical purposes the Vice-President is the chief executive while the President is in the hospital . The first phrase, dating from the 1500s, originated in English law, where it was to all intents, constructions, and purposes. A shorter synonym is in effect, def. 1.
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to all intents and purposes

COMMON You say to all intents and purposes to suggest that a situation is not exactly as you describe it but the effect is the same as if it were. To all intents and purposes he was my father. Note: People sometimes just say to all intents with the same meaning. For the first time in many years he was, to all intents, a free man.
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to all intents and purposes

in all important respects.
1992 London Review of Books For if in 1976 pianists really were about to lose the skill of polyphonic piano-playing, then to all intents and purposes the skill of playing the piano was at an end.
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to all intents and ˈpurposes

(British English) (American English for all intents and ˈpurposes) in almost every important way: The fighting has stopped, so to all intents and purposes, the war is over.
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a practical, scientific, etc. turn of ˈmind

a practical, scientific, etc. way of thinking about things: He’s got a very practical turn of mind. He can fix anything.
See also: mind, of, turn

for (all) ˈpractical purposes

in actual fact; in reality: Your daughter does so little work at school, Mrs Brown, that for all practical purposes she might as well not be here at all.
See also: practical, purpose

(play) a ˌpractical ˈjoke (on somebody)

play a trick on somebody which involves physical action, using an object, etc: They put a frog in his bed as a practical joke. ▶ a ˌpractical ˈjoker noun a person who plays practical jokes
See also: joke, practical
References in classic literature ?
'If the people who are usually called practical, were practical in your direction--'
One can but be practical, and Mrs Meagles and myself are nothing else.'
There are many reasons to believe that for the practical idealists of the future, the supreme study will be the force that makes such miracles possible.
Among the wise men of Greece and Rome, few knew its existence, and none put it to any practical use.
I then put it to Miss Mills, to say whether she considered that there was or was not any practical merit in the suggestion I had been anxious to make, concerning the accounts, the housekeeping, and the Cookery Book?
Perhaps I ought to have taken my answer for granted; but the least business-like man that ever lived becomes an eminently practical character in matters of love.
Captain Helding was ready with his own practical remedy for this difficulty.
It is reserved for the practical genius of Americans to establish a communication with the sidereal world.
That, he asked, every school would have to submit the practical exam copies of their students within three days of holding the exam to the Practicals Section of the board office.
KARACHI -- Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) on Tuesday announced that the practical examinations-2019 for ninth and tenth Science Group and General Group (Regular) will be held from April 20 to 30.
Saeeduddin has advised the Heads of all schools affiliated with the board to hold the practical exams of their students as their convenience within the scheduled time, said a BSEK press release.
The Heads of the schools or their representatives -- on showing their CNIC, Office Card and Authority Letter- could get the practical exam material from BSEK's Examination Store from 9:30 A.M.
He observed that practical subjects in Botswana faced a number of challenges which included financial constraints and lack of tools and resources for practicals.
Assistant Minister of Basic Education, Mr Thato Kwerepe has encouraged learners to start their own businesses as well as employ their peers upon completion of their basic education using skills acquired through their practical subjects.
Mr Kwerepe said this during the official opening of the national practical subjects fair in Francistown on July 10.