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from go to whoa
From beginning to end. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. That team really dominated from go to whoa—their opponent was totally overwhelmed.
An exclamation of surprise. The phrase is generally thought to have originated as a command to slow down a horse (wherein "Nelly" is the horse's name). They're engaged already? Whoa, Nelly! Whoa, Nelly—what is going on in here?
from giddy-up to whoa
Rur. all the way from the beginning to the end. The road is paved from giddy-up to whoa. The play stinks. It is dull from giddy-up to whoa.
See also: whoa
Rur. Wait! Stop! Tom: When I get that money, I'm gonna get me my own place, and then you and I can get married, and—Jane: Whoa, Nellie! When did I say I was going to marry you? Whoa, Nellie! Did you measure them boards before you started cuttin' 'em?
from go to whoafrom start to finish.
exclam. Stop! (Said to a horse or any person or thing.) You’ve gone about far enough. Whoa!