pull out all the stops


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pull out all the stops

to make every effort to achieve something Both sides promise to pull out all the stops, running more TV and newspaper ads and making more phone calls to supporters.
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pull out all the stops

to do everything you can to make something successful
Usage notes: The stops are handles on an organ (= a large instrument used in churches), which you pull out when you want to play as loudly as possible.
They pulled out all the stops for their daughter's wedding. (often + to do sth) The airline certainly pulled out all the stops to impress us.
See also: all, out, pull, stop

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.
See also: all, out, pull, stop

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.
See also: all, out, pull, stop

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.
See also: all, out, pull, stop