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go (the) whole hog

To do something in an unrestrained manner. We were only supposed to paint one room this weekend, but we went whole hog and painted three more.
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go whole hog

to do everything possible; to be extravagant. Let's go whole hog. Order steak and lobster. Show some restraint. Don't go whole hog all the time.
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go whole hog

Also, go the limit. Do something completely or thoroughly; proceed as far as possible. For example, Instead of just painting the room, why not go whole hog and redecorate it completely? or Let's go the limit and dig up the entire garden. Although the precise source of whole hog is disputed, this colloquialism was first recorded in 1828 (in Japhet by Frederick Marryat) as go the whole hog. Today the article is usually omitted. Go the limit, also a colloquialism, dates from the mid-1900s. Also see all out.
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Unfortunately, the whole hog comes at an eye-watering cost of PS338bn, a cost that would be simply undeliverable were the Greens to somehow gain power.
Award-winning chef Tim Bilton has gone the whole hog when it comes to clearing land for an orchard to serve his restaurant, The Spiced Pear, Sheffield Road, Hepwor th.
If they are going to interfere they may as well go the whole hog and do away with the monarchy all together.
Whole Hog Wee Heavy Scotch Ale is the latest limited edition "big beer" from the Stevens Point Brewery.
Makes me think you might as well have gone the whole hog, Mike.
TERRY BRADLEY, BY EMAIL: If you're going to go to the bother of putting a TV on the wall, you may as well go the whole hog and have cables chased into the plaster.
Hot Wings take 1st Place overall, while Whole Hog, Ribs, and Sauces all place in Top 10 in the world's most high profile barbecue cooking competition
AN EX-RAF chef is going the whole hog with a career change.
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Boasting names such as The Red Hot Smokers, The Killer Hogs and Jack's Old South, the teams literally went the whole hog to win.
If Coventry council really wants to go into the waste processing business, why not go the whole hog and enter the nuclear waste processing business.
Because how many players are going to go the extra mile for John Terry when he's gone the whole hog with one of their WAGs?
I hope if we are going to use it that we go the whole hog and get all the technology available.
The whole hog also includes guest performers Patricia Barker and Stanko Milov as the Sugarplum Fairy and her escort.
And auto-manufacturing guru James Harbour says that GM has a systemic product-development problem because it still replaces vehicle lines whole hog instead of making quick, incremental advancements like the Japanese do.