Meaning of all hands in English:

all hands

Pronunciation /ˌɔːl ˈhan(d)z/


  • 1Nautical
    The full complement of sailors belonging to the crew of a ship.

  • 2 informal In extended use: all the members of a party, especially when collectively engaged in work; everyone.


With plural agreement


Late 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Smith (c1560–1591), Church of England clergyman. From all + the plural of hand.