the whole ball of wax

the whole ball of wax

Everything; the entirety of something. There's nothing more to tell you. That's the whole ball of wax.
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whole ball of wax

 and whole shooting match
the whole thing; the whole matter or affair; the entire affair or organization. John is not a good manager. Instead of delegating jobs to others, he runs the whole shooting match himself. There's not a hard worker in that whole shooting match. I will be glad to be finished with this project. I want to be done with the whole ball of wax. I am tired of this job. I am fed up with the whole ball of wax.
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whole ball of wax, the

Also, the whole enchilada or shooting match or shebang . Everything, all the elements, the entire affair. For example, The union demanded higher wages, a pension plan, job security-the whole ball of wax, or The contract includes paperback rights, film rights, electronic media-the whole enchilada, or She lost her job, her pension, her health-care coverage, the whole shooting match. Not all the allusions in these slangy terms are clear. Ball of wax may refer to a 17th-century English legal practice whereby land was divided among heirs by covering scraps of paper representing portions of land with wax, rolling each into a ball, and drawing the balls from a hat. An enchilada combines several foods inside a tortilla; a shooting match denotes a shooting competition; and a shebang is a rude hut or shelter. The first two of these slangy terms date from the second half of the 1900s, the last two from the late 1800s. For synonyms, see whole kit and caboodle; whole megillah.
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the whole ball of wax

AMERICAN
If you talk about the whole ball of wax, you mean the whole of something, including everything connected with it. Perry wanted it all the fame, the money, the glamour — the whole ball of wax. Note: The usual British expression is the whole caboodle.
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the whole ball of wax

everything. North American informal
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the whole ball of ˈwax

(American English, informal) the whole thing; everything: I panicked, I cried — the whole ball of wax.
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the whole ball of wax

n. everything; the whole thing. Well, that just about ruins the whole ball of wax.
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When he first took office, the President recalled, and the Senator talked to him about the loss of Penn Station and the possibilities of using the Farley Building, he grinned, "I got the whole ball of wax, including the names of the people who set the explosives to tear down the building.
By looking only at longer wavelengths, "we may not have seen the whole ball of wax," Martin says.
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