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all-time

[awl-tahym] /ˈɔlˌtaɪm/
adjective
1.
never surpassed or greater:
Production will reach an all-time high.
2.
regarded as such in its entire history:
an all-time favorite song.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15
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  • Public anxiety over college costs is at an all-time high.
  • Its stock has fallen ninety per cent from its all-time high.
  • Within a few years, financial-industry profits were at an all-time high.
  • Crude oil and gasoline prices are near an all-time high.
  • It's also one of the all-time-great how-good-is-your-stereo records.
  • Maritime piracy is at an all-time high, and it is costing businesses and ultimately consumers.
  • Maritime piracy is at an all-time high, and it is costing businesses and ultimately consumers.
  • Across the country, college enrolment rates are at an all-time high.
British Dictionary definitions for all-time

all-time

adjective
1.
(prenominal) (informal) unsurpassed in some respect at a particular time: an all-time record at the Olympics
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Word Origin and History for all-time
adj.

"during recorded time," 1910, American English, from all + time (n.). Earlier it had been used in a sense "full-time," of employment, or in opposition to one-time (1883).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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