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the whole nine yards

Definition of the whole nine yards

chiefly US informal

  1. :  everything there is :  all that is related to or associated with something <I served a huge Thanksgiving dinner: turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie—the whole nine yards.> <If we're going to replace the cabinets, we might as well go the whole nine yards and remodel the entire kitchen.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  free of wound or injury :  unhurt

    :  recovered from a wound or injury :  restored

    :  being healed

  1. :  a complete amount or sum :  a number, aggregate, or totality lacking no part, member, or element

    :  something constituting a complex unity :  a coherent system or organization of parts fitting or working together as one

  1. :  wholly, entirely

    :  as a complete entity

  1. :  the ninth in a set or series

    :  something having nine units or members: as

    :  the nine Muses

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  1. :  a small usually walled and often paved area open to the sky and adjacent to a building :  court

    :  the grounds of a building or group of buildings

    :  the grounds immediately surrounding a house that are usually covered with grass

  1. :  of, relating to, or employed in the yard surrounding a building

    :  of, relating to, or employed in a railroad yard

  1. :  to drive into or confine in a restricted area :  herd, pen

    :  to deliver to or store in a yard

    :  to congregate in or as if in a yard

  1. :  any of various units of measure: as

    :  a unit of volume equal to a cubic yard

    :  a great length or quantity

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