the whole nine yards

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - the whole nine yards

"the whole nine yards"

the entire amount;

everything, as far as possible


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - the whole nine yards

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How was the office party? I hear it was really good after record setting third-quarter profits.

Colleague 2:  It was amazing. Management went the whole nine yards. There was an open bar, a live band and a seven-course gourmet meal. There was an amusement and games area set up for the children. Oh, and everyone received a luxury gift at the end of the evening.

Colleague 1:  I am sorry I missed it.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - the whole nine yards

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  That has got to be the coolest gadget I have ever seen.

Friend 2:  It has everything. There’s a built-in blender for smoothies, a Bluetooth outdoor speaker, ruggedized wheels, a USB charger, LED light, bottle opener, four plates, a knife, removable cutting board, and a tie-down bungee cord to attach blankets and other gear to the lid.

Friend 1:  It's got the whole nine yards for outdoor entertaining.

the whole nine yards - Usage:


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the whole nine yards - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for the whole nine yards.

the whole nine yards - Examples:

1)  Men now wear skirts, dresses, lipstick, and the whole nine yards of makeup. 

2)  ... being in stable relationships, less and less of us are going the whole nine yards and making the official commitment by marrying.

3)  ... they can from men -- including money, apartments, cars, the whole nine yards if possible.

4)  ... and entrepreneur support, investment attraction, retention and expansion - the whole nine yards of grand planning and dream-making.

5)  ... to assemble a strong defense -- evidence, witnesses, loopholes, the whole nine yards -- and bolstered by a strong opening statement from ...

6)  Do a deep clean with dusting, scrubbing, and the whole nine yards.

7)  ... to have a complete physical - blood tests, stress tests, the whole nine yards.

8)  ... a desert, with scrubby sagebrush, cacti, rattlesnakes, and the whole nine yards.

9)  ... of political experience they have had the commitment and courage to stay the whole nine yards and insist the dodgy legislation is not good enough and blocked them.

10)  I mean, blurred vision, headaches, nausea, the whole nine yards.

11)  ... got phone calls, press kits, visits from PR people, the whole nine yards.

12)  ... US will not tolerate Chinese aggression, and is prepared to go the whole nine yards if necessary.

13)  ... really was the classic geek. I had braces, glasses... the whole nine yards.

14)  Of course, you have to go the whole nine yards to look good, but you do not want to look contrived.

15)  ... love having people over for dinner. I go the whole nine yards with side dishes and everything. 

16)  ... software, LTE connectivity, 8 GB native storage, microSD, the whole nine yards.

17)  This spurred her to go the whole nine yards and today she is baking, cooking and trying out new recipes.

18)  ... bad shape and getting worse: roadways, railways, waterways, the whole nine yards. The problems are endless.

19)  ... went the whole nine yards on the funeral. All businesses and offices closed, and flags flew at half-mast ...

20)  ... professors, labs, student services, lounges, residences -- the whole nine yards.