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lock, stock, and barrel

Entirely or completely. Much to his wife's surprise, he cleaned out the basement, lock, stock, and barrel. When my son came home from his football game, he was so hungry that he ate everything in the refrigerator, lock, stock, and barrel.
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lock, stock, and barrel

Cliché everything. We had to move everything out of the house—lock, stock, and barrel. We lost everything—lock, stock, and barrel—in the fire.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

lock, stock, and barrel

The entirety; all of something. For example, Jean moved out of the house, lock, stock, and barrel. This expression alludes to the three elements of a firearm-the lock or firing mechanism, the stock or handle, and the barrel or tube. [Early 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

lock, stock, and barrel

COMMON You use lock, stock, and barrel to talk about every part of something. It would have been much easier for us to have shut the business down lock, stock and barrel. He has moved down from the north-east, lock, stock and barrel. Note: The three main parts which make up a complete gun are the lock, the stock, and the barrel.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

lock, stock, and barrel

including everything; completely.
Lock, stock, and barrel refers literally to the complete mechanism of a firearm.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

ˌlock, stock and ˈbarrel

including everything; completely: They were all emigrating so they were selling everything they had, lock, stock and barrel.
The lock, stock and barrel are the three main parts of a rifle.
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lock, stock, and barrel

To the greatest or most complete extent; wholly: an estate that was auctioned off lock, stock, and barrel.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

lock, stock, and barrel

The whole thing; all of something. Originally this term meant all three elements of a firearm—the lock or firing mechanism, the stock or handle, and the barrel or tube. It began to be transferred to the entirety of anything in the early nineteenth century, although for a time it was also put as stock, lock, and barrel. See also hook, line, and sinker.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

lock, stock, and barrel

The whole thing. A musket was made up of a flintlock mechanism that produced the power to launch the ball, a wooden stock that held the lock and the barrel, and the barrel through which the musket ball was propelled en route to its target. Put all three together and you have the whole shooting match. The phrase was first used in the early 19th century to mean an entire entity or quantity.
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Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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