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What is the exact meaning of "all together now" expression?

Maybe something like "Here we are to do that all together, at once? Much in the sense of "Union is the strength"?

Any help much appreciated :-D
 
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It depends upon the context. Your interpretation can be correct in certain situations. It other situations, a person might be either singing or speaking in front of a group and then announce "all together now," meaning he wants everyone to join in and sing/chant with him.
 

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It depends upon the context. Your interpretation can be correct in certain situations. It other situations, a person might be either singing or speaking in front of a group and then announce "all together now," meaning he wants everyone to join in and sing/chant with him.

Thank you so much. Expression is in a text on emerging Nowadays German Cinema, so it seems first of your options is more suitable. Grateful again. :-D
 

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Thank you so much. Expression is in a text on emerging Nowadays German Cinema, so it seems first of your options is more suitable. Grateful again. :-D

Yet another possible meaning is an expression of confidence that other people will automatically think the same, or an expectation that they should. "And what do we say to pushy salesmen at the door? [Aside, to the audience:] Altogether now - [leading a chorus of expected words] 'Not today thank you'".

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