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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 The Trump administration declared a power emergency, allowing power plants to run at full bore, regardless of environmental limits. Brian Eckhouse, Fortune, "California faces widespread power cuts after weeks of destructive wildfires," 8 Sep. 2020 Both scientists have been going full bore ever since, pulling tracking detail once every two weeks and having a good time doing it. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Project may help anglers outwit fish," 1 Aug. 2020 So this is full bore socialism on the march in the House. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "House to vote on making DC the 51st state, but GOP opposition means bill unlikely to advance further," 26 June 2020 This was just as the drug war was raging and the race to incarcerate was going full bore. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "Ten Years After “The New Jim Crow”," 17 Jan. 2020 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

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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 24 Sep. 2020.

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