Full monty (phrase)

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A World War II British soldier selects a jacket for his "demob suit". These suits are one of the possible origins of the phrase

The full monty (or the full Monty) is a British slang phrase of uncertain origin. It is generally used to mean "everything which is necessary, appropriate, or possible; ‘the works’".[1] It has been in common usage in the north of England at least since the early 1980s as the 1982 Yellow Pages for Manchester lists fish and chip shops called the "Full Monty Chippy" and the "Fullmonty Chippy".[2] A US equivalent might be the phrase "the whole nine yards", "the whole ball of wax", "the whole enchilada", "the whole shebang" or "the whole hog".

Since the 1997 release of the film The Full Monty, which features a group of men in Sheffield learning to become striptease performers, the phrase has also come to mean a person removing every item of their clothing.[1]

Possible origins of the phrase include:[3]


  1. ^ a b "full monty, n. (and adj.)" Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2001. 
  2. ^ a b "1983/1984 "the full Monty" antedating". listserv.linguistlist.org. 25 Sep 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Quinion, Michael. "World Wide Words: The Full Monty". worldwidewords.org. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "It's in the dictionary, d'oh!". BBC News. 14 June 2001. Retrieved 2010-08-18.