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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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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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References in classic literature ?
"The Works and Days": The poem consists of four main sections.
Of the Hesiodic poems similar in character to the "Works and Days", only the scantiest fragments survive.
This kind of work required on the part of the workmen extreme nicety and minute attention.
President Barbicane and the members of the Gun Club warmly congratulated their engineer Murchison; the cyclopean work had been accomplished with extraordinary rapidity.
It was a summer of prosperity, all over the country, and the country ate generously of packing house products, and there was plenty of work for all the family, in spite of the packers' efforts to keep a superfluity of labor.
The people who worked here followed the ancient custom of nature, whereby the ptarmigan is the color of dead leaves in the fall and of snow in the winter, and the chameleon, who is black when he lies upon a stump and turns green when he moves to a leaf.
"I take it as proof that Berkeley's metaphysics did not work, because--" Ernest paused calmly for a moment.
About midnight in they came, dancing and skipping, hopped round the room, and then went to sit down to their work as usual; but when they saw the clothes lying for them, they laughed and chuckled, and seemed mightily delighted.
The speed with which Joe worked won Martin's admiration.
In parts, only little bits, in other parts, large portions of a rhombic plate had been left between the opposed basins, but the work, from the unnatural state of things, had not been neatly performed.
Her eyes told her that her own work was the neatest in the shop, and she also saw that she did more than any other girl employed by the same person.
Dog-Tooth had a big canoe made, and, many more men he took from work, who did nothing and lay in the sun, save only when Dog-Tooth went in the canoe, when they paddled for him.
But however fast they worked, they did not spoil the grass, and the rows were laid just as neatly and exactly.
To work out the plan on paper, or at a distance--that is one thing.
I knew of no horse in the city of Oakland that worked the hours I worked.