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All Saints

or All Hallows. In 610 the Pope of Rome ordered that the heathen Pantheon should be converted into a Christian church, and dedicated to the honour of all martyrs. The festival of All Saints was first held on May 1st, but in the year 834 it was changed to November 1st. “Hallows” is from the Anglo-Saxon hálig (holy).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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All-hallown Summer
All Hallow’s Day (November 1st)
All Hallows Eve
All in all
All in the Wrong
All is lost
All is not gold that glitters or glisters
All my Eye (and) Betty Martin
All one
All-overish
All Saints
All Serene
All Souls Day
All the go
All there
All this for a Song!
All to break (Judges ix. 53)
All waters (I am for)
All-work
Alla or Allah (that is, al-ilah)
Alla Akbar