all that

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  • adjective (a person who is) exceptional, admirable. The phrase is almost invariably used dismissively or to express derision, as in ‘She thinks that she’s all that’. It occurs in black working-class speech and in black and white campus usage, and is probably a shortening of ‘(not) all that much’ or ‘all that great’.
  • noun (a person who is) exceptional, admirable. The phrase is almost invariably used dismissively or to express derision, as in ‘She thinks that she’s all that’. It occurs in black working-class speech and in black and white campus usage, and is probably a shortening of ‘(not) all that much’ or ‘all that great’.
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