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the works

The entirety of what's available; all the related elements of something. Wow, they really offer the works at this ice cream bar. There's much more than just whipped cream and sprinkles here! I want a traditional wedding, with the cake, the dress—the works.
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*works

a lot of something; everything possible. (The works can be a lot of food, good treatment, bad treatment, etc. *Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Bill: Shall we order a snack or a big meal? Jane: I'm hungry. Let's get the works. But, your honor. I shouldn't get the works. I only drove too fast!
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the works

1. Everything, the full range of possibilities, as in He ordered a pizza with the works, or All right, tell me, give me the works on it. This usage derives from works in the sense of "a complete set of parts for a machine or mechanism." [Colloquial; late 1800s]
2. A beating or other severe treatment. This usage is often put as give someone the works, as in They took him outside and gave him the works. [Slang; first half of 1900s]
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the whole works

You say the works or the whole works to mean all the things that would normally be included in a particular situation. Our agents are watching all exits from New York City — airports, train stations, bus stations, tunnels, bridges, the works. Amazing place he's got there — squash courts, swimming pool, jacuzzi, the whole works.
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the (whole) ˈworks

(informal) everything that you could want, need or expect: We went to the chip shop and had the works: fish, chips and mushy peas.
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the works

n. the entire amount; everything. I’d like my hamburger with onions, pickles, ketchup, mustard—the works. She’s getting the works at the beauty shop—cut, wash, dye, and set.
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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.
Construction work will be carried out in the active site.From the date of final acceptance begins to run guarantee and warranty for the whole works.The Contractor shall provide a guarantee in accordance with the submitted bid (not less than 24 months) and 36 months warranty on the subject of the contract
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.