go the whole nine yards

go the whole nine yards

To do or pursue something in its entirety, which often includes all related things. Wow, Shelly really went the whole nine yards with toppings for the ice cream bar. There's much more than just whipped cream and sprinkles here!
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go the whole nine yards

AMERICAN
If you go the whole nine yards, you do something to the fullest extent possible. When it comes to lack of common sense, this school went the whole nine yards. The designer's spring collection went the whole nine yards on glamour. Note: You can also use just the whole nine yards to talk about something that exists or is done to the fullest extent possible. She's got a manager, a publicist, the whole nine yards. Note: This expression refers to the amount of cement, nine cubic yards, which is contained in a cement-mixer truck.
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MILOS RAONIC knows he will have to go the whole nine yards if he is to lift the Wimbledon crown.
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Afterwards he refused to use the astroturf pitch - which has been brought in by nine yards - as an excuse for his side's failure to go the whole nine yards against the plucky Wasps.
Departing from its original tiny design, it only makes sense for Mini to go the whole nine yards and offer some space compared to the previous gen car.
The swift, decisive and conclusive manner in which India's external affairs ministry negotiated the return of the Indian workers soon after Iraq was enflamed in sectarian violence sends a message of hope to millions of Indian expatriates all over the world that this is a government that cares and is willing to go the whole nine yards to ensure their welfare and safety.
So come Tuesday night, Bangladesh vs West Indies will be about two teams in need of two points and willing to go the whole nine yards to do just that.
The most important element in any ethnic-themed event is food, but once you have decided on how to whet your guests' taste buds, go the whole nine yards and satiate every other sense.
Yet, they are not that wholly committed to go the whole nine yards to leave or even compromise their happily settled married lives.
Yet the current MFF ceilings will not allow the EU executive to go the whole nine yards.
It was at MTV that he started writing the book and bounced it off a few people who encouraged him to go the whole nine yards.
The debate within the Executive Bureau centered on whether the party should go the whole nine yards by not giving Christofias any names at all, even for ordinary members of SGO boards.
Still, no-one could claim Dessie didn't go the whole nine yards.
Just get more people on your side prepared to go the whole nine yards as you did and then let's see how the authorities deal with that.
But why not go the whole nine yards and invest in a brand new home at Cwrt Ty Mawr, in Marshfield, instead - and enjoy a DIY-free existence for many years to come