in the altogether

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*in the altogether

 and *in the buff; *in the nude; *in the raw
Fig. naked; nude. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~; sleep ~.) The museum has a painting of some ladies in the buff. Mary felt a little shy about getting into the altogether. Bill says he sleeps in the raw.

in the altogether

  (humorous)
naked He was just standing there in the altogether.

in the altogether

Also, in or stripped to the buff ; in the raw. Naked, nude, as in The art class wanted a model to pose in the altogether, or She was stripped to the buff when the doorbell rang, or He always sleeps in the raw. The first of these colloquial terms dates from the late 1800s. In the buff, a seemingly modern locution dates from the 1600s, buff alluding to a soft, undyed leather, buffskin, that also gave its name to the color. The use of raw, presumably also alluding to raw (undressed) leather, dates from the early 1900s.
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A run and a bit of stiff exercise and Jones, stripped to the buff, registered 10st 6.
So, to the management of Thirsk, I say there will be no shenanigans or tomfoolery; no me being stripped to the buff and tied to the winning post; no football chanting and most definitely no baiting of Yorkshiremen.
One of Anne's most recent TV appearances was in Victoria Wood's hit series Dinnerladies, alongside Julie Walters and Celia Imrie, who both stripped to the buff in Calendar Girls.
She should have worn a bikini but hadn't bought one along, so she gamely stripped to the buff and jumped in.
They have stripped to the buff to raise much needed funds for the Jennifer Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
In Newcastle upon Tyne recently 1,500 people of both sexes stripped to the buff in the name of art and not a single voice seems to have been raised in protest.