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