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the whole ball of wax

Everything; the entirety of something. There's nothing more to tell you. That's the whole ball of wax.
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whole ball of wax, the

Also, the whole enchilada or shooting match or shebang . Everything, all the elements, the entire affair. For example, The union demanded higher wages, a pension plan, job security-the whole ball of wax, or The contract includes paperback rights, film rights, electronic media-the whole enchilada, or She lost her job, her pension, her health-care coverage, the whole shooting match. Not all the allusions in these slangy terms are clear. Ball of wax may refer to a 17th-century English legal practice whereby land was divided among heirs by covering scraps of paper representing portions of land with wax, rolling each into a ball, and drawing the balls from a hat. An enchilada combines several foods inside a tortilla; a shooting match denotes a shooting competition; and a shebang is a rude hut or shelter. The first two of these slangy terms date from the second half of the 1900s, the last two from the late 1800s. For synonyms, see whole kit and caboodle; whole megillah.
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We have an other shooting match on Saturday, May 5, at Rend Lake Shooting Complex.
It occurred to him a shooting match with good prizes might be an appropriate way to thank his customers.
That really is what the whole shooting match is all about.
In a chance interview at Camp Crame on Tuesday, Dela Rosa dared crime bosses at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) to line up and fight him in a shooting match. If he wins all 20 matches, he gets the P1 billion pot money.
You see, when you make a mistake during a shooting match or fun plinking session on the range, you really only lose what it cost for the ammunition and targets.
Yet this instance, in particular, will have lawyers sniffing blood and threatening the whole shooting match.
The Premier League is the place to go in, and I will be assisting Kevin McDonald, Tim and the whole shooting match.
Additional visits per week can be granted on the basis of performance in shooting matches. The CAF trooper below the rank of general or commodore in each regiment, squadron or ship's company who scores the second highest overall in that unit's weekly rifle, pistol and C-9 shooting match can be allowed a fourth visit, and the first highest overall scoring non-flag rank member can be allowed a fourth and fifth visit.
InterShoot is an international shooting match for air pistol and air rifle competitors and has been held in The Hague for the past seven years.
It happens, and every time they do an army of thumb-twiddling scribes grabs the opportunity to overanalyse the whole shooting match. Everyone knew that we were long overdue a bit of a hiccup and that the most likely causes would be fear of a premature end to quantitative easing and signs that China was slowing down at a faster rate than believed.
'At this moment" meant lying in the grass at Camp Perry, swaddled in a thick leather shooting jacket that weighed close to 20 pounds, trying to finish a shooting match.
The vast majority of festival discussion is based on good, honest attempts to say things that will ultimately prove so shrewd they can be proudly retweeted when the whole shooting match is done and dusted.
In my new book Combat Shooting from the Gun Digest folks, I make the point that, "A shooting match is not a gunfight, but a gunfight most definitely is a shooting match." It follows the person most acclimated to shooting fast and straight under pressure is going to have an advantage, whether the stakes on the table are a trophy or survival.
It is hard to know who was hurting most - Argentina because as hosts they expected to win the whole shooting match or Brazil, who were hoping to start taking the first steps to building the team that will win the World Cup in 2014 (which will be played on their soil).
The challenge, regarded as one of the toughest challenges available for the armed forces, has been running since 1959, when a group of Welsh Territorial Army soldiers designed a weekend training event, featuring long-distance marching over the Cambrian Mountains, culminating in a shooting match on the Sennybridge training area.