go the whole nine yards

go the whole nine yards

  (American informal)
to continue doing something dangerous or difficult until it is finished The weather was terrible but I wanted to go the whole nine yards and get to the top of the mountain.
See also: nine, whole, yard
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Departing from its original tiny design, it only makes sense for Mini to go the whole nine yards and offer some space compared to the previous gen car.
The swift, decisive and conclusive manner in which India's external affairs ministry negotiated the return of the Indian workers soon after Iraq was enflamed in sectarian violence sends a message of hope to millions of Indian expatriates all over the world that this is a government that cares and is willing to go the whole nine yards to ensure their welfare and safety.
So come Tuesday night, Bangladesh vs West Indies will be about two teams in need of two points and willing to go the whole nine yards to do just that.
SKYBOX will go the whole nine yards with regional cuisine inspired by the two teams in the Big Game, including Green Bay-special Beer-Steamed Venison Bratwurst with sauerkraut, German potato salad and warm mustard sauce and a BBQ Chipped Ham and Bacon Burger with chili sauce and cheddar cheese for Pittsburgh fans.
It was at MTV that he started writing the book and bounced it off a few people who encouraged him to go the whole nine yards.
The debate within the Executive Bureau centered on whether the party should go the whole nine yards by not giving Christofias any names at all, even for ordinary members of SGO boards.
Still, no-one could claim Dessie didn't go the whole nine yards.
Just get more people on your side prepared to go the whole nine yards as you did and then let's see how the authorities deal with that.
But why not go the whole nine yards and invest in a brand new home at Cwrt Ty Mawr, in Marshfield, instead - and enjoy a DIY-free existence for many years to come
With Pennsylvania Avenue already confused about why we won't go the whole nine yards on missile defence (aside from the rather well-documented facts that it doesn't work, it's a financial sinkhole and it ties our diplomatic hands), you have to worry whether this government, given its penchant for political survival over leadership, has the courage to chart a military policy that is relevant, unique, and representative of Canada, in the presence of an increasingly disgruntled southern neighbour.
This would seem to indicate that while travelers are willing to feed their pets in a reasonably sublime fashion, they are not yet prepared to go the whole nine yards and treat them to Veuve Cliquot and Black Forest Cake.
He said: "I can't deny that some of the critics are cynical about my ability and feel I lack the edge to go the whole nine yards in a Grand Slam event.
The Minister may well have wanted to go the whole nine yards and place the airports in private hands.
Now Eriksson must go the whole nine yards and refuse to resist the temptation to pair Rooney with Liverpool's Michael Owen in his starting line-up - thus unveiling England's front pairing for at least the next five years.