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the (whole) works

  (informal)
everything that you might want or might expect to find in a particular situation The bridegroom was wearing a morning suit, top hat, gloves - the works. (informal)
See gum up the works, shoot the works
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the works

1. Everything, the full range of possibilities, as in He ordered a pizza with the works, or All right, tell me, give me the works on it. This usage derives from works in the sense of "a complete set of parts for a machine or mechanism." [Colloquial; late 1800s]
2. A beating or other severe treatment. This usage is often put as give someone the works, as in They took him outside and gave him the works. [Slang; first half of 1900s]
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the works

n. the entire amount; everything. I’d like my hamburger with onions, pickles, ketchup, mustard—the works. She’s getting the works at the beauty shop—cut, wash, dye, and set.
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But even if you did not know this, such pairings helped to draw out the complexity of the works on view.
In a funny novel that promises to be the next Bridget Jones's Diary (the film is already in the works at Miramax), Allison Pearson does a send-up of the life of a harried working mother.
When the works began to be marked with numbers and "Bernstein Brothers" for the purposes of documentation and authentication, Otero's initials would be stamped, along with Judd's, on the back of a sculpture.
These changes were made because of the ease with which the works can be reproduced far more inexpensively than an original copy can be purchased.
The firms will also integrate Macola's back office financial application with the Works.
En masse, the works are a welcome and a celebration of life in the broadest sense.
The two companies will also integrate Lilly's VISUAL Financials application with the Works.
That is to say, we've come across a vast domain where we have to explore, indefinitely, the horizontal connections between cultural works, signs, and letters - as if the modern (or technological) access to layers of historical information produced the memory effect of making everything (all of "culture") contemporary, or offered us the possibility of reproblematizing the works of history through new connections and distinctions.
Loansoft was chosen by Fannie Mae last year to be the first to implement the reduced point-of-sale dataset with the WORKS 3.
And yet, consistent with the ambivalence that runs through most of the works in this show, there is a sense in which the tautological model that characterizes many of Bochner's works of the early '70s turns into its opposite, a critique of the artwork's commodity status and of the institutional parameters within which it operates.
Onset of these reactions can occur shortly after the work injury and may remit over time.
By focusing on individual factors, burnout is characterized as a private concern, while an examination of the work environment frames the debate as a public concern.
The work was long and arduous, and the building crowded and iii ventilated, but Mary found she made just enough to pay a dollar a week in rent for a room she shared with three other girls.
1) Within the realm of the reference desk, no one has yet completely defined what it is that a professional reference librarian does in relation to the paraprofessional and vice-versa or what expertise might be developed during the course of a master's level program in information studies or with time and experience to make the work roles sufficiently distinctive to label one professional, the other paraprofessional.