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all the way

 
1. Lit. from the beginning to the end; the entire distance, from start to finish. The ladder reaches all the way to the top of the house. I walked all the way home.
2. Fig. with everything on it, as with a hamburger with pickles, onion, catsup, mustard, lettuce, etc. I'd like one double cheeseburger—all the way. Make mine all the way.
3. Sl. [progressing] up to and including sexual intercourse. They went all the way on their date last night.
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all the way

if you support something or fight against something all the way, you support it or fight it as much as possible and as long as it continues If you want to complain to the boss, I'll support you all the way. If they go ahead with the plan, we'll fight them all the way.
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all the way

1. Also, the whole way. The entire distance, from start to finish, as in He ran all the way home, or The baby cried the whole way home. [Late 1700s]
2. Completely, as in I'm on your side all the way. [First half of 1900s]
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all the way

mod. with everything on it, as with a hamburger. (see also go all the way.) I’d like one double cheeseburger—all the way.
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all the way

From beginning to end; completely: drove all the way from Detroit to Pittsburgh.
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