ball of wax

noun phrase

Definition of ball of wax

: affair, concern the whole ball of wax

First Known Use of ball of wax

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Ball of wax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ball of wax

US, informal
: a situation or set of conditions
: a collection of items or objects

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