the whole kit and caboodle

the whole kit and caboodle

All the parts of a group of things. I had a collection I'd been putting together for nearly 25 years, and burglars stole the whole kit and caboodle. John has some awesome camping gear, and he let us borrow the whole kit and caboodle for the weekend.
See also: and, caboodle, kit, whole

whole kit and caboodle

Inf. a group of pieces of equipment or belongings. (The word caboodle is used only in this expression.) When I bought Bob's motorhome, I got furniture, refrigerator, and linenthe whole kit and caboodle. The salesman managed to sell John the whole kit and caboodle.
See also: and, caboodle, kit, whole

whole kit and caboodle, the

Everything, every part, as in He packed up all his gear, the whole kit and caboodle, and walked out. This expression is a redundancy, for kit has meant "a collection or group" since the mid-1700s (though this meaning survives only in the full idiom today), and caboodle has been used with the same meaning since the 1840s. In fact caboodle is thought to be a corruption of the phrase kit and boodle, another redundant phrase, since boodle also meant "a collection."
See also: and, kit, whole

the whole caboodle

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

the whole kit and caboodle

BRITISH
If you talk about the whole caboodle or the whole kit and caboodle, you mean the whole of something. You can borrow the tent and equipment — the whole caboodle — if you like. They have financed the whole kit and caboodle. Note: The usual American expression is the whole ball of wax or the whole enchilada. Note: `Caboodle' may come from the Dutch word `boedal', meaning `property'.
See also: caboodle, whole

the whole caboodle (or the whole kit and caboodle)

the whole lot. informal
Caboodle may come from the Dutch word boedel meaning ‘possessions’.
See also: caboodle, whole

the ˌwhole caˈboodle

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the ˌwhole kit and caˈboodle

everything: I had new clothes, a new hairstyle — the whole caboodle.This idiom originally came from the Dutch word boedel, meaning ‘possessions’.
See also: caboodle, whole
References in classic literature ?
And no more schnapps, mind, until we're clear of the whole kit and caboodle.
Steve |Morgan Hayward cared so much for once mighty Wolves that he flogged the whole kit and caboodle to Morgan for PS10.
And yet the whole kit and caboodle only raised the price of my car by just over PS2000.
The new logo will come on the whole kit and caboodle within the duty free environment, from billboards to shopping bags.
Gutters that have an inadequate number of brackets to hold them in place, coupled with down pipes held at the top by the gutter outlet, will be evident even in snow but even more so when the weight of the snow sliding down the roof pulls the whole kit and caboodle off the wall.
I cannot see any one among the whole kit and caboodle at the Palace of Yes Minister looking remotely capable of achieving either goal.
And where spray foam is usually hidden or its excess cut away, here it forms two rosebuds of sorts that keep the whole kit and caboodle from toppling over.
We know a lot of people who, while certainly enjoying the holidays, really are done with the whole kit and caboodle come New Year's.
25 from Haydock Park, racing's stop-start nature lends itself perfectly to combining the whole kit and caboodle without detracting from the on-course experience.
The easiest way to find the set up you're looking for is to buy another MAS 49/56 with the whole kit and caboodle on it.
Finally, "If we don't do something about our imperiled social security system, retirees could lose the whole kit and caboodle.
Under this alternative, the Court disappoints and confuses everyone and throws the whole kit and caboodle mess back to the state legislatures.
The firm went bankrupt last week, with trustees threatening to close down the whole kit and caboodle by early this week, leading to a massive slowdown on the net as ISPs are forced to find alternative servers.
There had been talk of selling the whole kit and caboodle to TA Media, the publishing company which prints, among numerous other publications, the Tages-Anzeiger in Zurich.
The older I get, the more I realize that life, sexuality, the whole kit and caboodle, is never black-and-white.