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pull out all the stops

To do something to the utmost of one's ability; to use all of one's resources or efforts when doing something. The company pulled out all the stops for the CEO's retirement party. The senator is going to have to pull out all of the stops if he's to have any chance of winning this election. What a fabulous party, Mary—you really pulled out all the stops!
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pull out all the stops

Use all the resources or force at one's disposal, as in The police pulled out all the stops to find the thief. This term comes from organ-playing, where it means "bring into play every rank of pipes," thereby creating the fullest possible sound. It has been used figuratively since about 1860.
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pull out all the stops

COMMON If you pull out all the stops, you do everything you possibly can to make something happen in the way that you want it to. They pulled out all the stops to win the contract. I pulled out all the stops to finish on time. Note: This expression is very variable. For example, you can omit all or the, or put an adjective before stops. She pulled out the stops to beat her opponent. Pimlott's excellent new production pulls out all the theatrical stops. Note: On a church organ, the stops are the knobs which you pull or push in order to control the type of sound that comes out of the pipes. The organ plays loudest when all the stops are out.
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pull out all the stops

make a very great effort; go to elaborate lengths.
The stops referred to here are those of an organ. Although this is an early 20th-century expression, Matthew Arnold , in the Preface to Essays in Criticism ( 1865 ) refers to an attempt on his behalf ‘to pull out a few more stops in that…somewhat narrow-toned organ, the modern Englishman’.
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pull out all the ˈstops

(informal) do everything you can to make something successful: We’ll have to pull out all the stops to get this order ready by the end of the week.You pull out the stops on an organ when you want to make the music very loud.
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pull out all the stops

tv. to use everything available; to not hold back. (Refers to pulling out all of the stops on an organ so that it will sound as loud as possible.) Don’t pull out all the stops in the first round. Wait till he’s tired in the third and clobber him good.
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pull out all the stops

Informal
To deploy all the resources or force at one's disposal: The Inaugural Committee pulled out all the stops when arranging the ceremonies.
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