Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

all over the (place/shop)

all over the placeall over the shop
1) disorganized, a mess, confused or upset
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    • things are all over the place, he/she is a bit all over the place/shop
  • Analysis
    To be 'all over the shop' or 'all over the place' is Irish/UK slang (not usually used in a professional context) meaning that something or someone is disorganised or a mess. This could be a physical mess or a figurative mess: "She has been all over the shop since her dog died. She even forgot to collect her pension." "John is so creative, but his office is all over the place. I can't find anything!" "At the moment your ideas seem to be a bit all over the place. Maybe you should try to clarify them a bit." Use this in a casual context or with friends.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I don't think I'll go out tonight. I'm a bit all over the place since I broke up with my boyfriend.
    2. I tried to get focused on my studies again, but I'm just all over the shop since the argument.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Moving to this new office was a disaster. Everything is all over the place.
    2. I'm not sure whether to accept the new job or not. My head is just all over the place.
    3. I thought she'd be good at the job, but she's a bit all over the place. She seems very confused.
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