Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

all hands on deck

all hands on deck
Meaning(s)
1) need everyone available to help with something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional LowSocial
    • we are going to need all hands on deck to complete the order in time
  • Analysis
    If a lot of work needs to be done, you will need 'all hands on deck' to get it done. This means that everyone who is available to work is needed. If 'all hands are on deck', this means that everyone is working hard together, and that no one is left idle. This is usually used in case of an emergency or when there are time constraints for the completion of a task or project.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. There's so much that still needs to be done to have the order completed by tomorrow, so we're going to need all hands on deck.
    2. It was all hands on deck as the hospital staff worked tirelessly to treat the large numbers of people injured in the accident.
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