lock, stock, and barrel


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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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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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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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barrel

1. tv. & in. to drink liquor to excess. Stop barreling beer and let’s go home.
2. n. a drunkard. The old barrel was full up and through for the evening.
3. in. to go fast; to speed while driving. She barreled out of here like a bat out of hell.

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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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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