Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

all the way (down/across/over)

all the wayall the way downall the way acrossall the way over
Meaning(s)
1) complete an action to the end, usually indicating a great length
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • go all the way down/across/over
  • Analysis

    If you 'go all the way', you reach the end of something, whether it is a journey or a task. When you add prepositions like 'down', 'across', 'over', you indicate the direction it takes to reach the end. when you go 'all the way' you reach the maximum and cannot go any further. These are popular phrasal verbs in social or professional contexts.



  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. They ran all the way down to the store and back.
    2. They swam all the way across the river to the other side.
    3. He threw the ball all the way over the wall, so the kids couldn't get it.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Okay, everyone. I need you to show me you can go all the way and beat all your sales targets.
    2. To get to the conference room you need to take the elevator all the way down to the ground floor.
    3. Due to the closures during the blizzard, our sales figures are all the way down to nil during February.
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