The full monty

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A Second World War British soldier selects a jacket for his "demob suit". These suits are one of the possible origins of the phrase
The Full Monty cafe in Middleton, Greater Manchester in May 2008, not long before it closed.

The full monty (or the full Monty) is a British slang phrase of uncertain origin. It means "everything which is necessary, appropriate or possible; ‘the works’".[1] Similar North American phrases include the whole kit and caboodle,[2] the whole nine yards,[3] the whole ball of wax, the whole enchilada, the whole shebang, or [going] whole hog.

The phrase was first identified in print by lexicographers of the Oxford English Dictionary in the 1980s. Anecdotal evidence exists for earlier usage;[2] the phrase was also used as the name for some fish and chip shops in Manchester during the same period.[3][4]

Hypothesized origins of the phrase include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "full monty, n. (and adj.)". Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2001.
  2. ^ a b c d Dent, Susie (2009). What Made The Crocodile Cry?: 101 questions about the English language. OUP Oxford. pp. 151–152. ISBN 9780191650604.
  3. ^ a b c d Gooden, Philip; Lewis, Peter (2013). Idiomantics: The Weird and Wonderful World of Popular Phrases. A&C Black. pp. 7–8. ISBN 9781408157404.
  4. ^ Games, Alex (2010). Balderdash & Piffle: One Sandwich Short of a Dog's Dinner. Random House. pp. 213–214. ISBN 9781446415085.
  5. ^ a b c Quinion, Michael. "World Wide Words: The Full Monty". worldwidewords.org. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015.

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