the whole 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
References in classic literature ?
And then, again, the whole thing was merely a whimsical idea.
However, we got sent out at last, and Cathcart, he simply scoffed at the whole thing from the first.
He struck her, inevitably, as gallant and splendid, but what took her most of all and gave her the courage she afterward showed was that he put the whole thing to her as a kind of favor, an obligation he should gratefully incur.
The whole thing was over twenty minutes sooner than the time we had calculated on.
I felt in myself, too, the desire to get the whole thing out of my mind.
If I hadn't backed myself to do it I should have chucked the whole thing up two months ago.
And only then for the first time the whole thing presented itself in a new, different aspect; only then she realized that the question did not affect her only-- with whom she would be happy, and whom she loved--but that she would have that moment to wound a man whom she liked.
On the night before the assault on Seringapatam, he was absurdly angry with me, and with others, for treating the whole thing as a fable.
I say nothing about the social mistake, which would have been abject--which, of course, I would not have allowed-- but I assure you that in any case the whole thing would have been an absolute failure.
Whether the fogs produce the serious people or whether the serious people produce the fogs, I don't know, but the whole thing rather gets on my nerves, and so I'm leaving this afternoon by the Club Train.
The action of the whole thing is wonderfully good and true.
We told him all he'd got to do was to keep still, and it wouldn't be long till the whole thing would blow over and be forgot.
Of course the whole thing is nothing, but it worries me, and leads to anxious thoughts.
And even as it is the whole thing is of considerable length.
Come and help me to put it in the proper language, and the whole thing will be in train.