How to use
always + adjective/adverb/preposition
You shouldn't be sitting here by yourself, all alone.
a strange woman, dressed all in black
If people want more freedom of choice, then I'm
I strongly support it
'It was a dreadful experience.' 'Never mind, it's
all over (something)
everywhere on an object or surface
There were bits of paper all over the floor.
He has cuts all over his legs.
She ached all over
her whole body ached
everywhere in a place
Antique clocks from all over the world are on display.
People came from all over the country.
They're putting up new offices all over the place.
all the better/easier/more etc
used to emphasize how much better, easier etc something is than it would be in a different situation
Clayton's achievement is all the more remarkable when you consider his poor performance last season.
The job was made all the easier by having the proper tools.
Britain's coal industry has all but disappeared.
His left arm was all but useless.
used to mean 'very' when talking about a bad situation
All too often it's the mother who gets blamed for her children's behaviour.
In these conditions it was all too easy to make mistakes.
all the time from the beginning while something was happening
Chapman had known all along that the plan wouldn't work.
We had to admit that Dad had been right all along.
one all/two all etc
used when giving the score of a game in which both players or teams have scored the same number of points
The game ended one-all.
including everything or everyone
a project costing £10,000, all told
it's all up (with somebody)
used to say that someone's success or happiness has ended
If someone tells the police, then it'll be all up with me.
be not all there
someone who is not all there seems stupid or slightly crazy
be all smiles/innocence/sweetness etc
to be showing a lot of a particular quality or type of behaviour
The mayor and mayoress were all smiles and kisses during the grand ceremony.
be all over somebody
to be trying to kiss someone and touch them, especially in a sexual way
Before I could speak, he was all over me.
You're getting me all confused.
that's somebody all over
used to say that a particular way of behaving is typical of someone
He was late of course, but that's Tim all over!
be all in
to be very tired
somebody was all ...
used to report what someone said or did, when telling a story
He drove me home, and he was all, 'I love this car ... it's like a rocket.'
not all that
It doesn't sound all that good, does it?
I don't think it matters all that much.
somebody/something is not all that
used to say that someone or something is not very attractive or desirable
I don't know why you keep chasing her around. She's not all that.
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