be-all Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"be-all" in British English

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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 ofspaceexploration.
(Definition of be-all from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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