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nounin phrase the full monty
The full amount expected, desired, or possible:‘they'll do the full monty for a few thousand each’
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- ‘I'm not certain whether shareholders can expect the full monty through their letterboxes, but they might think about clearing a space just in case.’
- ‘Norway's sprinting squad has gone the full monty for charity.’
- ‘For the full monty, you'd have to look at how the Consumer Credit Act (and subsequent regulations) says it has to be done.’
- ‘He wants the full monty - and he'd even pay for it.’
- ‘I think I'll treat her to the full monty at the car wash tomorrow.’
- ‘On another wall an assortment of breakfasts from the full monty to the modest vegetarian was advertised.’
- ‘Next day, I couldn't resist the pull of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and cooked up the full monty.’
- ‘The meal was the full monty ending up with cheese and a port of which I had several glasses.’
- ‘I was going for the really basic medical check, rather than the full monty, mainly as it was the cheapest option.’
- ‘It had hairpin bends and was in the blaze of the midday sun - the full monty as far as mountains go.’
Of unknown origin; the phrase is only recorded recently. Among various (unsubstantiated) theories, one cites the phrase the full Montague Burton, apparently meaning ‘a complete three-piece suit’ (from the name of a tailor of made-to-measure clothing in the early 20th century); another recounts the possibility of a military usage, the full monty being ‘the full cooked English breakfast’ insisted upon by Field Marshal Montgomery.
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