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whole kit and caboodle
Inf. a group of pieces of equipment or belongings. (The word caboodle is used only in this expression.) When I bought Bob's motorhome, I got furniture, refrigerator, and linen—the whole kit and caboodle. The salesman managed to sell John the whole kit and caboodle.
the whole kit and caboodlealso the whole kit 'n' caboodle
everything We had to pack up the whole kit and caboodle before the movers arrived.
Usage notes: also used in the shorter forms the whole kit or the whole caboodle, and sometimes spelled kaboodle
whole kit and caboodle, the
Everything, every part, as in He packed up all his gear, the whole kit and caboodle, and walked out. This expression is a redundancy, for kit has meant "a collection or group" since the mid-1700s (though this meaning survives only in the full idiom today), and caboodle has been used with the same meaning since the 1840s. In fact caboodle is thought to be a corruption of the phrase kit and boodle, another redundant phrase, since boodle also meant "a collection."
kit and caboodle(ˈkɪt næ kəˈbudlæ)
n. everything; all parts and property. (Often with whole.) I want you out of here—kit and caboodle—by noon. She moved in to stay, kit and caboodle.
the (whole) kit and caboodleInformal
The entire collection or lot.
kit and caboodle
The entire thing. A “kit” is a collection of items, such as a tool kit or a sewing kit. “Caboodle,” comes from “boodle,” is a collection of people. This 19th-century phrase was frequently misheard as “kitten caboodle,” causing the mishearer to look around for a young feline.