the works


: the moving parts of a machine
the works of a clock
sometimes used figuratively
The office used to be very efficient, but the new regulations have gummed up the works.
informal : everything that there is to have or do : everything that is available
They ordered a pizza with the works.
When we went to New York, we visited the museums, did some shopping, saw some shows—the whole works.

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“The works.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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