the whole (something) thing

the whole (something) thing

Some element, aspect, or characteristic of someone or something, especially that one dislikes or disapproves of. I really liked him, but he didn't want to be with someone who wasn't into the whole kids thing. This whole starving-artist thing he's cultivated for himself is so pretentious.
See also: thing, whole

the whole thing

The entirety (of something); all (of something). I said you could have a bite, not eat the whole thing!
See also: thing, whole

the (whole)... thing

(informal) a situation or an activity of the type mentioned: She really didn’t want to be involved in the whole family thing.
See also: thing