go the whole nine yards

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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

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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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He said: 'We at Fortis Mobile Money have always believed in going the whole nine yards.
He, as well as other lawyers, tell the Mail that most medical negligence cases are settled, as plaintiffs come to realise the strain -- mental and otherwise -- of going the whole nine yards.
Soon Meyer and Neumeister were involved in a project to help build new schools, then going the whole nine yards and launching their nonprofit agency.
He is going the whole nine yards and has us booked into hotels and everything.
What EMC is not doing with this latest announcement is going the whole nine yards with FC, at least not just yet.