all the way

Idioms & Phrases

all the way

  1. Also, the whole way. The entire distance, from start to finish, as in He ran all the way home, or The baby cried the whole way home. [Late 1700s]

  2. Completely, as in I'm on your side all the way. [First half of 1900s[

  3. See go all the way.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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all the way

1. to the goal; "she climbed the mountain all the way" 
2. completely; "read the book clear to the end"; "slept clear through the night"; "there were open fields clear to the horizon" [syn: clear
3. not stopping short of sexual intercourse; "she went all the way with him" 
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