- Many authorities object to this expression in constructions such as "She was almost certainly the greatest female sailor of all time" (Daily Telegraph) on the grounds that all time extends to the future as well as the past and we cannot possibly know what lies ahead. A no less pertinent consideration is that such assessments, as in the example just cited, are bound to be hopelessly subjective and therefore have no place in any measured argument.
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all-time — ˈall time adjective all time low/high/peak/record the lowest or highest that something has ever been: • The news caused the dollar to fall to an all time low against the euro. • Orders rose 35% to an all time high for May. * * * all time UK US … Financial and business terms
all-time — adj. 1. unsurpassed in some respect up to the present. prices at an all time high; morale at an all time low; among the all time great lefthanders [WordNet 1.5] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
all-time — adj used when you compare things to say that one of them is the best, worst etc that there has ever been an all time high/low ▪ The price of wheat had reached an all time low. ▪ They reached an all time record score … Dictionary of contemporary English
all-time — (adj.) during recorded time, 1910, American English, from ALL (Cf. all) + TIME (Cf. time) (n.). Earlier it had been used in a sense full time, of employment, or in opposition to one time (1883) … Etymology dictionary
all-time — all ,time adjective only before noun used for comparing someone or something with all the other people or things of the same type that have ever existed: Bogart has got to be one of the all time greats. Interest rates are at an all time high … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
all-time — all′ time adj. 1) never equaled or surpassed: Production will reach an all time high[/ex] 2) regarded as such in its entire history: an all time favorite song Etymology: 1910–15 … From formal English to slang
all-time — [ôl′tīm΄] adj. unsurpassed up to the present time [an all time record] … English World dictionary
all-time — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ hitherto unsurpassed: the all time record … English terms dictionary
all-time — [adj] unsurpassed and permanent best, champion, enduring, everlasting, perpetual; concepts 574,798 … New thesaurus
all-time — adjective unsurpassed in some respect up to the present (Freq. 1) prices at an all time high morale at an all time low among the all time great lefthanders • Similar to: ↑incomparable, ↑uncomparable * * * ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ … Useful english dictionary
all-time — ADJ: ADJ n You use all time when you are comparing all the things of a particular type that there have ever been. For example, if you say that something is the all time best, you mean that it is the best thing of its type that there has ever been … English dictionary