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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

full bore


Definition of full bore (Entry 2 of 2)

: with maximum effort or speed runners sprinting full bore

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On its last day, the 2019 edition of the Great Minnesota Get Together was going full bore as our Jean Pieri captured these images. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Gallery: Here are photos of the State Fair’s last, glorious day," 2 Sep. 2019 With everything in place, the distillery is now running full bore and seems ready to add another chapter to the building’s colorful history. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Maverick Whiskey Distillery transformed a historic downtown bank," 30 July 2019 The trade war, which went into full bore on Friday, has been an unpopular policy among many inside and outside of Silicon Valley. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Trump's trade war cited as a major risk by US companies," 6 July 2018 All three would have to sacrifice some measure of control, but in doing so could go full bore more often. The Crossover Staff, SI.com, "What's LeBron's Best Option This Summer? Debating 10 Teams and One Crazy Idea," 5 June 2018 Directions was the product of a single day’s work on March 6, 1963, when jazz’s most legendary, incendiary group of all time was full bore. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Newly Found 1963 John Coltrane Album to Be Released, Listen to a Never-Before-Heard Track," 8 June 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW Hope for help: The Spurs’ best game probably isn’t enough to beat the Warriors playing anywhere close to full bore. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "How can the Spurs keep their season alive in Game 5? Here are three ways," 23 Apr. 2018 Krantz recalled first coming to work for the town right at the time the food truck controversy was in full bore. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air may expand food truck zone to include Main and Baltimore Pike," 13 Apr. 2018 Instead of resting up for the workweek after going full bore on the ice, Schiffman, a lifelong hockey fanatic, took his playing stick, placed it on his front door step, turned on his porch light, and said a prayer. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "#PutYourSticksOut: People are placing hockey sticks outside to remember young Canadians killed in crash," 10 Apr. 2018

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1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1927, in the meaning defined above

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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