all out(redirected from to go all out)
Taking, requiring, or using all of one's effort or resources toward something; complete, total, or all-encompassing. I've been stuck in this cubicle for years now. I'm ready for an all-out adventure somewhere! You're going to have to give us an all-out effort in the next game if you want to stay on the team.
With all one's strength, ability, or resources; not holding back. For example, They are going all out to make the fund-raiser a success. This seemingly modern term dates from about 1300, when it meant "completely" or "wholly." It now refers to making a great effort and is also used adjectivally, as in an all-out effort. This usage became current in America in the late 1800s, with reference to races and other kinds of athletic exertion. In the mid-1900s it gave rise to the phrase to go all out and was transferred to just about any energetic undertaking. Also see go whole hog.
all outusing all your strength or resources.
With all one's strength, ability, or resources.