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Also: According to all accounts

Meaning of Idiom

By all accounts: Based on the opinion of most people; according to what everyone is saying; according to all available reports or information. 1,2


"By all accounts, George is a trustworthy fellow."

"It may not be a good time to sell your home. By all accounts, the housing market is down."


Used since the late 1700's.

Here, account is used to mean "a particular report or a description of something" and by is used to mean "according to," so that by all accounts means the same as "according to all reports or descriptions." 2

1. Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.
2. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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