going all-in

Discussion in 'English Only' started by azuki, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. azuki Senior Member

    Hello everybody,

    The following is an excerpt from a transcript of State of the Union 2013.

    We’ve begun to change that. Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America. So let’s generate even more. Solar energy gets cheaper by the year -- so let’s drive costs down even further. As long as countries like China keep going all-in on clean energy, so must we. judgment of science -- and act before it’s too late. (in the first half of the full text)

    I looked up dictionary but I still don't know what "going all-in" means. If it is replaced with "going all out", the sentence would make sense to me. Could anyone explain?

    Thank you in advance,

  2. Beryl from Northallerton Moderator

    British English
    I think that this must mean 'making every possible effort'.
  3. eb110262 Member

    I guess it is a metaphor from poker -- when you bet all your chips in one go, which is risky but potentially lucrative!
  4. azuki Senior Member

    Thank you for answering my question, Beryl from Northallerton and eb110262.

    I see, your supposition is likely and interesting, eb110262. Thanks!


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