Idiom "All over the place" - English from the World Cup 2018 - (10 example sentences)


English idiom - All over the place

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The World Cup is a big event!
This year's tournament will have 64 matches and they will be played in 12 stadiums in 11 cities across Russia. The matches will be played all over the country!

All over the place English idiom

The English Idiom "All over the place" has 2 meanings that you will learn how to use in this blog post.


All over the place - meaning #1

everywhere; over a great distance or area.

"Starbucks has become very popular in Tokyo. New cafes are opening all over the place."
= There are Starbucks cafes everywhere now.

"As my friends got older they moved away from my hometown. Now they're all over the place and I don't see them much."
= My friends live a great distance from me (far away and in different places)


Learn the English idiom all over the place


All over the place - meaning #2

 not neat; not well organized

"Your desk is a mess! You've got files all over the place. How can you find anything?"
= Your desk is not clean, it must be difficult to find a specific file.

"Trevor's presentation was hard to follow. His ideas were all over the place."
= His ideas were not organized well, his presentation was not clear.


Learn the English idiom all over the place

For meaning ① the word place has a general feeling, it means everywhere. It's also okay to use a specific area name instead of the word place. Remember my first example:


"The matches will be played all over the country!"

In this sentence, instead of saying the place I said the country. The feeling is the same but the place is not so general, it means Russia. The matches will be played all over Russia."

Please look at these other examples:

"Starbucks has become very popular in Tokyo. New cafes are opening all over the city." 

"As my friends got older they moved away from my hometown. Now they're all over the state and I don't see them much."

For meaning ② all over the place can also be used to describe a state of mind (the condition of your mind) to mean confused or unclear. Often someone is thinking about too many things at once, and they can't to focus.

A: "Dave, did you hear what I just said?"
B: "Sorry I missed it. My mind is all over the place today."
= It's hard to focus so I didn't hear what you said.


Do you understand the idiom all over the place now?
Please write your own example sentence in the comments below!




Learn the English idiom All over the place
There are elections signs all over the place 
in my neighborhood. It doesn't look very nice. 
I'll be glad when the election is over!


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Special thanks to  https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/all+over+the+place
for their useful idiom definition!

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