shoot the works


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shoot the works

To use or expend all of one's effort, resources, or funds. After receiving a lukewarm reception to his first film, the director really shot the works when he made the sequel. I know you want to have a good time, but don't shoot the works—you still have to pay your bills for the rest of the month.
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shoot the works

 
1. to do everything; to use everything; to bet all one's money. Okay, let's go out to dinner and shoot the works. Don't shoot the works! Save some for a cab.
2. Sl. to empty one's stomach; to vomit. Suddenly she turned sort of green, and I knew she was going to shoot the works. After she shot the works, she looked finebut I was sort of pale.
See also: shoot, work

shoot the works

Expend all one's efforts or capital, as in He's broke after shooting the works on that new office building. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s] Also see the works.
See also: shoot, work

shoot the works

1. tv. to do everything; to use everything; to bet all one’s money. Don’t shoot the works! Save some for a cab.
2. tv. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. Suddenly she turned sort of green, and I knew she was going to shoot the works.
See also: shoot, work

shoot the works

Informal
To expend all of one's efforts or capital.
See also: shoot, work