kitchen sink

the final item imaginable on any extensive list of usually disparate items: He packed everything for his trip except the kitchen sink.

1870–75, for literal sense Unabridged


marked by an indiscriminate and omnivorous use of elements: a kitchen-sink approach to moviemaking.

1940–45 Unabridged
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kitchen sink
1.  a sink in a kitchen for washing dishes, vegetables, etc
2.  everything but the kitchen sink everything that can be conceived of
3.  (modifier) denoting a type of drama or painting of the 1950s depicting the sordid aspects of domestic reality

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Example sentences
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.
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