all the marbles

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all the marbles

All possible prizes or rewards. Typically used in the phrase "for all the marbles," which is said when one is on the verge of victory. He is just barely holding on to first place, so this final putt is for all the marbles! Today's the last day of the tournament, so they're playing for all the marbles, folks! The remaining poker players have gone all in, so this last hand is for all the marbles—nearly $250,000 in prize money.
See also: all, marble
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*all the marbles

Fig. all the winnings, spoils, or rewards. (*Typically: end up with ~; get ~; win ~; give someone ~.) Somehow Fred always seems to end up with all the marbles. I don't think he plays fair.
See also: all, marble
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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