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Difference between For all the world • for the world

for all the world

1. is used to emphasize assertions of likeness:

  • She looked for all the world like her twin sister.

2. without the slightest doubt:

  • I thought for all the world that the car would plunge headlong down the bank.

3. (emphatic, negat.) on no account; not for the greatest possible reward:

  • I am sure I would not do such a thing for all the world.

for the world — = for all the world 3:

  • I wouldn’t for the world go into that deserted house at this time of night.