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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 all in all

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 All n. The whole number, quantity, or amount; the entire thing; everything included or concerned; the aggregate; the whole; totality; everything or every person; as, our all is at stake.
    Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all.   --Shak.
    All that thou seest is mine.   --Gen. xxxi. 43.
 Note: All is used with of, like a partitive; as, all of a thing, all of us.
 After all, after considering everything to the contrary; nevertheless.
 All in all, a phrase which signifies all things to a person, or everything desired; (also adverbially) wholly; altogether.
 Thou shalt be all in all, and I in thee,
 Forever.   --Milton.
    Trust me not at all, or all in all.   --Tennyson.
 -- All in the wind Naut., a phrase denoting that the sails are parallel with the course of the wind, so as to shake.
 All told, all counted; in all.
 And all, and the rest; and everything connected. “Bring our crown and all.” --Shak.
 At all. (a) In every respect; wholly; thoroughly. [Obs.] “She is a shrew at al(l).” --Chaucer. (b) A phrase much used by way of enforcement or emphasis, usually in negative or interrogative sentences, and signifying in any way or respect; in the least degree or to the least extent; in the least; under any circumstances; as, he has no ambition at all; has he any property at all? “Nothing at all.” --Shak. “If thy father at all miss me.” --1 Sam. xx. 6.
 Over all, everywhere. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
 Note:All is much used in composition to enlarge the meaning, or add force to a word. In some instances, it is completely incorporated into words, and its final consonant is dropped, as in almighty, already, always: but, in most instances, it is an adverb prefixed to adjectives or participles, but usually with a hyphen, as, all-bountiful, all-glorious, allimportant, all-surrounding, etc. In others it is an adjective; as, allpower, all-giver. Anciently many words, as, alabout, alaground, etc., were compounded with all, which are now written separately.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 all in all
      adv : with everything considered (and neglecting details);
            "altogether, I'm sorry it happened"; "all in all, it's
            not so bad" [syn: on the whole, altogether, tout