to all intents and purposes

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Related to to all intents and purposes: caught on the hop, run to ground
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: all intents and purposes - in every practical sense; "to all intents and purposes the case is closed"; "the rest are for all practical purposes useless"
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References in classic literature ?
On the spires of some old-fashioned churches you will see sheet-iron whales placed there for weather-cocks; but they are so elevated, and besides that are to all intents and purposes so labelled with Hands off!