all right

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj all right being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition "an all-right movie","the passengers were shaken up but are all right","is everything all right?","everything's fine","things are okay","dinner and the movies had been fine","another minute I'd have been fine"
    • adv all right in a satisfactory or adequate manner; (`alright' is a nonstandard variant of `all right') "she'll do okay on her own","held up all right under pressure"
    • adv all right an expression of agreement normally occurring at the beginning of a sentence
    • adv all right without doubt (used to reinforce an assertion) "it's expensive all right"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Spiral staircases in medieval castles are running clockwise. This is because all knights used to be right-handed. When the intruding army would climb the stairs they would not be able to use their right hand which was holding the sword because of the difficulties of climbing the stairs. Left-handed knights would have had no troubles, except left-handed people could never become knights because it was assumed that they were descendants of the devil
    • All right a colloquial phrase expressing assent or approbation
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Quotations

  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.”
  • La Lehaussee
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    “When all are wrong, everyone is right.”
  • Winston Churchill
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    “It is all right to rat, but you can't re-rat.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
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    “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work ;we are in.”
  • Novalis
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    “Christianity is the root of all democracy, the highest fact in the rights of men.”
  • Calvin Coolidge
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    “The government of the United States is a device for maintaining in perpetuity the rights of the people, with the ultimate extinction of all privileged classes.”

Idioms

Tick all the right boxes - To meet or fit the criteria or expectations. For example, "This product ticked all the right boxes for me", or "That applicant's interview didn't go so well; it didn't tick any of my boxes".
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. all, eal; Ger. all, Gael. uile, W. oll.

Usage

In literature:

We're all gettin' along all right, so you needn't worry about us either.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
I'll show you all right if you'll let me ride your donkey.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
It's all right, I guess.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
That's right, John, you're throwing the cross loop all right.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
All right; sail away if you like to chance it.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
Here, I'm all right, sir.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
What are you always talking about Phil for; I tell you Phil's all right!
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Things would go all right for a while.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
She knows it will be all right.
"The Inglises" by Margaret Murray Robertson
You will be all right when you have slept on it.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
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In poetry:

Stop, for, lo!
All the measure
Of thy treasure
Now is right!—
"The Pupil In Magic" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Lights,
The soft anonymous
Talkers: 'You all right?'
The starched, inaccessible breast.
"Paralytic" by Sylvia Plath
Woman.
All very right;
But take her as she was, she might do worse
Than wed the Count Nembroni.
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
Let the "good time" now begin!
Pray it in,
Work it in,
Let all sin
Flee away. Let Right come in!
"Go Ahead!" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
A babe, no man of patience,
I were an hypocrite
To say He gives, He taketh
And all He does is right.
"The Eternal Infant" by Manmohan Ghose
Man, for all his reason's right,
Often in his will's despite,
Must rejoice that, day and night,
Thou guidest;
"Thou Guidest" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

He grinds , all right.
What is wrong with people who are not handicapped and feel it is all right to park in a handicap space.
The "fiscal cliff" crisis bundles together some of Washington's toughest decisions -- the ones lawmakers have dodged for years -- and says settle them all right now.
That last Bon Iver record was all right, you know.
All right, if it's OK, I'd love to move on to some of the reader questions.
You have not lost all rights to your stuff on Facebook.
His Western Michigan University men's basketball squad is growing up, all right.
Saturday Night's All Right For Rocking.
The script beat favorites The Kids Are All Right and The Fighter, among others.
I already tacked on a few links about the movie at the end of this post about The Kids Are All Right.
Oh, all right, that's not exactly how it went down.
Market offers food, shopping, more — all right here in Redding.
But as I was walking through the neighborhood and finally got within sight of my house, I saw all these inspirational quotes and I was like 'All right.
Yes, I could see him all right, his reflection curling in the Juke 's swollen front fender.
He's got a very conservative voting record, but he's not a knuckle -dragger, all right.
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In science:

Thus all left (right) vertical sides end up to the left(right) of the origin at the correct positions.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
The time evolution at odd times is then given by a shift of all length differences to the left, application of the even time evolution operator T and a shift of all length differences back to the right, i.e., by C T C −1 .
High precision simulations of the longest common subsequence problem
The left line ll then is replaced with all topologies with ll → n legs, and the right line lr with all topologies with lr → Nleg − n legs.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
We would like to build a ring whose right R-module structure is free with basis Y ∗ , such that ryi = yiτi (r) + δi (r) for all i and all r ∈ R.
$K_0$ of purely infinite simple regular rings
For any a , b , c in B the following equations hold and the same equations hold when all right operations are replaced in these equations by left operations.
Bi-oriented Quantum Algebras, and a Generalized Alexander Polynomial for Virtual Links
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