the works

noun

Definition of the works

1 : the moving parts of a machine the works of a clock sometimes used figurativelyThe office used to be very efficient, but the new regulations have gummed up the works.
2 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20works. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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