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shoot the works

To use or expend all of one's effort, resources, or funds. After receiving a lukewarm reception to his first film, the director really shot the works when he made the sequel. I know you want to have a good time, but don't shoot the works—you still have to pay your bills for the rest of the month.
See also: shoot, work
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

shoot the works

 
1. to do everything; to use everything; to bet all one's money. Okay, let's go out to dinner and shoot the works. Don't shoot the works! Save some for a cab.
2. Sl. to empty one's stomach; to vomit. Suddenly she turned sort of green, and I knew she was going to shoot the works. After she shot the works, she looked finebut I was sort of pale.
See also: shoot, work
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

shoot the works

Expend all one's efforts or capital, as in He's broke after shooting the works on that new office building. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s] Also see the works.
See also: shoot, work
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

shoot the works

1. tv. to do everything; to use everything; to bet all one’s money. Don’t shoot the works! Save some for a cab.
2. tv. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. Suddenly she turned sort of green, and I knew she was going to shoot the works.
See also: shoot, work
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

shoot the works

Informal
To expend all of one's efforts or capital.
See also: shoot, work
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

shoot the works, to

To make an all-out effort. This twentieth-century Americanism uses works in the sense of “everything.” “Within an hour he hoped to shoot the works,” wrote Lawrence Treat in his 1943 mystery, O as in Omen. See also shoot one's bolt.
See also: shoot, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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