1 of 2


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

full bore

2 of 2


: with maximum effort or speed
runners sprinting full bore

Example Sentences

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The company by 2013 had been making storage products for athletics for years, but that year Haubenschild and Spacesaver took it to a new level, going full bore into equipment storage as a targeted market segment. Journal Sentinel, 13 Oct. 2022 Such disingenuous reporting reveals the same subtle bias that has characterized corporate, legacy media since the 2000 election, which then went full bore, upholding Hillary Clinton’s grievance against Trump for his 2016 presidential victory. Armond White, National Review, 23 Sep. 2022 The Colts were in shoulder pads for the first time Saturday, allowing the offensive and defensive lines to go full bore for the first time, both in 1-on-1 pass rush drills and in full 11-on-11 work. The Indianapolis Star, 31 July 2022 The investigation then turned full bore on Mays, who denies starting the blaze. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2022 While Thursday’s soft opening included basically food and music, things went full bore from Friday through Sunday. David Sharos, Chicago Tribune, 4 Sep. 2022 At the Beacon, Williams’ band Buick 6 gave full bore backing to her vocals, which sounded as compelling as ever — despite the stroke Williams suffered in November 2020. Thom Duffy, Billboard, 22 June 2022 That perspective was not universal Wednesday afternoon at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which experienced a deadly E. coli bacterial outbreak among nearly a dozen who visited animal exhibits in 2019, the last time the fair ran full bore. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 June 2022 In order to run full bore, cars typically need 100 degrees combined from ambient and track temperature to be certain the Firestone tires are at their optimum grip levels. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of full-bore was in 1927

Dictionary Entries Near full-bore

full bond


full bore

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“Full-bore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full-bore. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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