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whole hog

noun, Informal.
the furthest extent; everything:
With them it was whole hog or nothing.
go whole hog, to do something completely or thoroughly:
The townspeople went whole hog for the celebration.
Also, go the whole hog.


[hohl-hawg, -hog] /ˈhoʊlˈhɔg, -ˈhɒg/
adjective, Informal.
complete and thorough; wholehearted.
Origin of whole-hog
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When she was a little girl her father used to send a whole hog to each minister in the village every fall when he killed his pigs.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • He's gone in for the whole hog, but he 'ain't growed to it, as Old Josh had.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • If they were to have Home Rule at all they must 'go the whole hog.'

  • I'll be generous; I won't go half-way with you; I'll be whole hog or none.

  • "Swaying on all top-ropes;" figuratively, "going the whole hog" in joviality or any trickery.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Yet if I went the whole hog, say: I want to, something like that.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • It was a transitional period, the parting of ways between the "whole hog Jacksonite" and the moderate Democrat.

    Lincoln, the Politician T. Aaron Levy
  • So I've got to have it in plain English before I go the whole hog.

    My Lord Duke E. W. Hornung
  • You mean to say that she has gone the 'whole hog' with him; that she has 'burned her boats'?

    Swann's Way Marcel Proust
  • At any rate, he went the whole hog afterwards, and then killed himself.

    The Man Who Rose Again Joseph Hocking
British Dictionary definitions for whole hog

whole hog

(slang) the whole or total extent (esp in the phrase go the whole hog)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for whole hog

whole enchilada, the

noun phrase

The totality; everything; the whole thing: We're talking best seller, miniseries, the whole enchilada

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with whole hog

whole hog

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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