Definition of go the whole hog in English:

go the whole hog


  • Do something completely or thoroughly.

    ‘George decided to go the whole hog and join the Total Abstinence Society’
    • ‘In my view we have gone the whole hog to get the information we need, ‘says Mr Allen.’’
    • ‘For their new album, the band have gone the whole hog; collaborating with a director to create film segments to accompany every single track.’
    • ‘With railway crimes on the up, the police are going the whole hog to bring about awareness among passengers.’
    • ‘A lot of people only want subtle touches but others want to go the whole hog by spending £500 on bulbs.’
    • ‘But he is hesitant about going the whole hog and opening every day throughout the year.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I think we need a short pilot exercise in one area to see how it goes before we go the whole hog.’’
    • ‘Otherwise, you can go the whole hog and get a 3 day pass.’
    • ‘And I thought, will I go the whole hog and put on a splash of colour on each one?’
    • ‘I always used to write little stories, then I thought why not go the whole hog and write a book?’
    • ‘With authentic Italian specialties as well as wines from Italy, the restaurant is going the whole hog to ensure that the ingredients are as real as it gets - and so is flying them down from Italy.’