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.

The president's popularity nationally is at an all-time low...

Duane Eddy is John Peel's all-time favourite artist.

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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

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