lock, stock, and barrel


: wholly, completely
the only thing which had not been sold lock, stock, and barrel with the … house was this pianoMarcia Davenport

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For example, consulting firm A could buy consulting firm B lock, stock, and barrel, subsuming their brand, intellectual property, and people. George Bradt, Forbes, 12 July 2022

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Word History


from the principal parts of a flintlock

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lock, stock, and barrel was in 1817

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“Lock, stock, and barrel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lock%2C%20stock%2C%20and%20barrel. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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