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Definition of full-bore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : full-blown sense 2 a full-bore crisis
2 : made with maximum effort a full-bore attempt to succeed

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Definition of full bore (Entry 2 of 2)

: with maximum effort or speed runners sprinting full bore

Examples of full-bore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Amy Seimtz, Jon Hamm and Bill Duke going full bore, a lot of that can be forgiven. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 17 July 2021 LaVine plans on returning full bore in an attempt to save the season. Jason Patt, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Restaurants invested in online sales and delivery, and doctors went full bore into telemedicine. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2021 In this relationship, these two are exposed emotionally, spiritually and physically, meeting every fight and frolic at full bore. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Still, visitor facilities will not be operating at full bore. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Apr. 2021 DePaul has had only 39 practices since Oct. 14 and fewer than 10, Leitao estimates, have been full bore, 5-on-5 workouts. Dom Amore, courant.com, 28 Dec. 2020 And yet, on the field, in this crazy time at Michigan, with so much uncertainty, only one thing is clear: the Wolverines are suddenly going full bore ahead. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, 15 Dec. 2020 Tyler Shough got the first-team reps and Anthony Brown worked with the second-team in a quarterback competition that won’t be at full bore until full padded practices begin in the middle of next week. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of full-bore


1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Full-bore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full-bore. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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