the whole works

the whole works

All or seemingly all of what's available or possible. Typically used after a list of various examples. Wow, they really have a ton of different toppings at this ice cream bar. Sprinkles, crushed-up candy bars, gummy bears, the whole works! I want a really traditional wedding, with an elaborate ceremony, a huge cake, a flowy white dress—the whole works.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

whole works

everything; the complete amount. I cashed my paycheck and lost the whole works playing the ponies.
See also: whole, work
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
When I returned home my first care was to procure the whole works of this author, and afterwards of Paracelsus and Albertus Magnus.
I believe in it, I answer for it, for the whole work of man really seems to consist in nothing but proving to himself every minute that he is a man and not a piano-key!
In the last chapter I shall give a brief recapitulation of the whole work, and a few concluding remarks.
In four days he had completed the whole work, and on the fifth Calypso sent him from the island after washing him and giving him some clean clothes.
It is not the spirit only that tells me this--I see it in the whole work and word of the Gospel.
The book represents, to a certain extent, the conflict between the author's earlier and later methods of composition, but the gigantic conception of the 'White Whale,' as Hawthorne expressed it, permeates the whole work, and lifts it bodily into the highest domain of romance.
"The fool priest will upset the whole work to which I have devoted near twenty years," he muttered, "if I find not the means to quiet his half-wit tongue.
Very often a definite theme may be found about which the whole work centers, as for instance in 'Macbeth,' The Ruin of a Man through Yielding to Evil.
He read of the room that was prepared at the palace at Rheims for the use of Queen Joan of Burgundy and was decorated with "thirteen hundred and twenty-one parrots, made in broidery, and blazoned with the king's arms, and five hundred and sixty-one butterflies, whose wings were similarly ornamented with the arms of the queen, the whole worked in gold." Catherine de Medicis had a mourning-bed made for her of black velvet powdered with crescents and suns.
One of many entries into the premium soft-sided cooler segment, this new model from Polar Bear does what the company promises: Closed-cell foam insulation keeps beverages cold and a leakproof, puncture-resistant inner liner keeps the whole works contained.
Tata left the whole works in such a bad state and much more work is required than first thought.
The whole works brilliantly and on one long haul to an airport with four adults and loads of luggage, it returned 51 miles per gallon.
I'd like to just paint the whole works. What's the best way to get a good-looking result?
"There were lots of Celtic scarfs, flags and tops in the audience and Rod was giving it the whole works. I have never seen it so bad," he said.