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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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  • His voice echoed about the bare walls; he heard a dripping from the kitchen sink; nothing more.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
  • We can't turn off the wather up there as we can the cock in the kitchen sink.

    April's Lady Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
  • If a driven well is used, it could be driven so as to be next to the kitchen sink.

    Convenient Houses Louis Henry Gibson
  • There is usually an inch waste connection to the cellar or kitchen sink.

    Convenient Houses Louis Henry Gibson
  • When she looked at the kitchen sink she exclaimed, "Holy Mary!"

    The Van Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
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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