pull out all the stops

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EtymologyEdit

An allusion to organ stops, which control the loudness and tones of a pipe organ. When all are pulled out, the organ can play all tones simultaneously.

VerbEdit

pull out all the stops

  1. (idiomatic) To reserve or hold back nothing.
    They pulled out all the stops for the gala wedding.

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Last modified on 19 October 2013, at 14:22