The full monty (phrase)

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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 (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] 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:

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  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". Archived from the original on 4 February 2015.

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