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Who all is back?

It's a cue from a dialogue. The character asks another about the people invited back to the team. I googled the phrase and found a news post titled "Stranger Things Cast Reunion Video: Who All Is Back for Season 4?" on imdb.com. Is it slang?

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to be back

is an informal, but perfectly acceptable (at least in the U.S.) synonym for

to return.

It is not slang.

In both cases, the meaning is the same. Which members of the previous team are on the current team? Which members of the previous season's cast are members of this season's team?

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  • Yes, but... Who all is very unidiomatic to me. I would expect "Who's back?" Aug 18, 2021 at 11:32
  • It may be an Americanism. It means "who, out of all of them,." It is not asking for some, but for all. Aug 18, 2021 at 12:15
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    It is definitely an Americanism, primarily found in the South and South Midland. There's a good discussion of who all says this? here: ygdp.yale.edu/phenomena/what-all
    – stangdon
    Aug 18, 2021 at 14:04

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