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

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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This time they've gone the whole nine yards, brought in dental experts, the lot.
Senior citizens should no longer be compelled to eke out a living as they have gone the whole nine yards in their heyday.
We've gone the whole nine yards to collect and evaluate all the possible evidence to reach a conclusion about an unreasonable risk to the public health.
I've gone the whole nine yards as far as icing it down and cutting out steps that hurt.
Consequently, when the pilots had fired all their ammunition, they had gone the whole nine yards.