pull out all the stops

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pull out all the stops

informal
: to do everything possible in order to do or achieve something
  • The company pulled out all the stops to advertise their new product.
  • When he throws a party, he really pulls out all the stops.

Word by Word Definitions

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

stop play stops
  1. : to close by filling or obstructing

  2. : to hinder or prevent the passage of

  3. : to get in the way of : be wounded or killed by

  1. : cessation, end

  2. : a pause or breaking off in speech

  3. : a graduated set of organ pipes of similar design and tone quality

  1. : serving to stop : designed to stop


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