the whole nine yards
phrasal all of a related set of circumstances, conditions, or details <
who could learn the most about making records, about electronics and engineering, the whole nine yards — Stephen Stills
>
— sometimes used adverbially with go to indicate an all-out effort

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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