be all very well

used for saying that you do not really approve of something or that it is not enough

Browsing the Web is all very well, but it's a rather solitary experience.

It is all very well to apologize for losing £2 million, but that doesn't make everything all right.


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  • all very well (for somebody) (to do something) — ˌall very ˈwell (for sb) (to do sth) idiom (informal) used to criticize or reject a remark that sb has made, especially when they were trying to make you feel happier about sth • It s all very well for you to say it doesn t matter, but I ve put a …   Useful english dictionary

  • all very well — phrasal : proper under the circumstances it is all very well … to advise the French in the columns of the New York Times Frank Gorrell * * * all very well An ironic phrase used to introduce an objection to what has gone before • • • Main Entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • all very well — {adj.} All right; very good and correct; very true. Usually followed by a but clause. * /It s all very well for you to complain but can you do any better?/ * /It s all very well if Jane comes with us, but how will she get back home?/ Compare:… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • all very well — {adj.} All right; very good and correct; very true. Usually followed by a but clause. * /It s all very well for you to complain but can you do any better?/ * /It s all very well if Jane comes with us, but how will she get back home?/ Compare:… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • all\ very\ well — adj All right; very good and correct; very true. Usually followed by a but clause. It s all very well for you to complain but can you do any better? It s all very well if Jane comes with us, but how will she get back home? Compare: well and good …   Словарь американских идиом

  • all very well — 1. good but not good enough. It s all very well to fully discuss a problem, but finally you have to stop talking and do something about it. 2. acceptable. It s all very well to give money to help people, but there needs to be some way of helping… …   New idioms dictionary

  • all very well — adjective a) All right, to a certain extent. Thats all very well, but how are we supposed to move 900 pounds of equipment out there, at all? b) True, as far as it goes …   Wiktionary

  • all very well —  Qualified expression of agreement (usu. followed by but or if) …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • be all very well — phrase used for saying that you do not really approve of something or that it is not enough Browsing the Web is all very well, but it’s a rather solitary experience. It is all very well to apologize for losing £2 million, but that doesn’t make… …   Useful english dictionary

  • be all very well — if you say that something is all very well, you mean that although it is good in some ways, it is bad in some ways too. Electric heating is all very well, but what happens if there s a power cut? (usually + but) …   New idioms dictionary


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