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English definition of “be-all”

be-all

noun uk   /ˈbiː.ɔːl/ us    /-ɑːl/
the be-all and end-all the most important thing: We all agreed that winning was not the be-all and end-all. It was the period when everyone saw men in space as the be-all and end-all of space exploration.
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