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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ˌlock, stock and ˈbarrel

including everything; completely: They were all emigrating so they were selling everything they had, lock, stock and barrel.
The lock, stock and barrel are the three main parts of a rifle.
See also: and, barrel, stock

lock, stock, and barrel

The whole thing; all of something. Originally this term meant all three elements of a firearm—the lock or firing mechanism, the stock or handle, and the barrel or tube. It began to be transferred to the entirety of anything in the early nineteenth century, although for a time it was also put as stock, lock, and barrel. See also hook, line, and sinker.
See also: and, barrel
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An e-mailed response from John Preston of Northumberland arrived the next day saying: "Mr Westmoor starts with the wrong premise when he assumes the term lock, stock and barrel refers in part to a door lock and a business's stock of goods.