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kitchen sink

the final item imaginable on any extensive list of usually disparate items:
He packed everything for his trip except the kitchen sink.
Origin of kitchen sink
1870-75, for literal sense


[kich-uh n-singk] /ˈkɪtʃ ənˈsɪŋk/
marked by an indiscriminate and omnivorous use of elements:
a kitchen-sink approach to moviemaking.
1940-45 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for kitchen sink
  • That's an experiment you can do in your kitchen sink.
  • Take your hair straightener out of the bathroom, and plug it in near the kitchen sink.
  • It's conceivable the same problem could occur in your own kitchen sink or on a single farm.
  • Installed over my kitchen sink, it casts a much whiter light than the yellowish halogen it replaced.
  • Keep paste in a tub at the kitchen sink for scouring pots and pans or the kitchen sink itself.
  • If not under the kitchen sink, they are found in a kitchen cabinet.
  • Heat rocks from the cage were washed in the kitchen sink, and may also have been a source of household contamination.
  • Keep your kitchen sink rinsed clean and use garbage disposals as little as possible.
  • Thaw or marinate foods in the refrigerator, never on the counter or in the kitchen sink.
  • There must be a two-compartment kitchen sink with hot and cold water connected to a proper drain.
British Dictionary definitions for kitchen sink

kitchen sink

a sink in a kitchen for washing dishes, vegetables, etc
everything but the kitchen sink, everything that can be conceived of
(modifier) denoting a type of drama or painting of the 1950s depicting the sordid aspects of domestic reality
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Contemporary definitions for kitchen sink

made up of a hodgepodge, including many ingredients's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for kitchen sink

attested by 1824. Phrase everything but (or and) the kitchen sink is 1944, from World War II armed forces slang, in reference to intense bombardment.

Out for blood, our Navy throws everything but the kitchen sink at Jap vessels, warships and transports alike. [Shell fuel advertisement, "Life," Jan. 24, 1944]

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