Definition of pull out all the stops in English:

pull out all the stops

phrase

  • 1Make a very great effort to achieve something.

    ‘we pulled out all the stops to meet the deadline’
    • ‘However, he is fearful that the new clause may be delayed, unless the Department of Health pulls out all the stops to make sure the new legislation is written in time.’
    • ‘I tend to think Duncan probably pulls out all the stops to help small business people.’
    • ‘But when it counts, he really pulls out all the stops and that is why we have done so well.’
    • ‘It is a very serious offence and we are pulling out all the stops to trace them.’
    • ‘But while the government is pulling out all the stops to promote parental involvement in their children's education, it clearly does not intend to hand over responsibility wholesale.’
    • ‘We also have the Britain in Bloom judging next week and then the Summer Festival, so we are pulling out all the stops to get this resolved.’
    • ‘We are pulling out all the stops on this investigation and bringing in extra officers.’
    • ‘People are pulling out all the stops, and though there are several hurdles still to cross, it is all looking very positive.’
    • ‘The manufacturers are pulling out all the stops to get it completed as soon as possible.’
    • ‘We are now pulling out all the stops to reduce as far as possible the actual number of job losses.’
    make an effort, exert oneself, try hard, strive, endeavour, apply oneself, do one's best, do all one can, do one's utmost, give one's all, make every effort, spare no effort, be at pains, put oneself out
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    1. 1.1 Do something very elaborately or on a grand scale.
      ‘they gave a Christmas party and pulled out all the stops’
      • ‘With one glance at the palace interior, he could tell that the Oscillians had pulled out all the stops for this grand gala evening.’
      • ‘Harrogate Cricket Club will be pulling out all the stops on June 21 when Yorkshire play their first match on the St George's Road ground for three years.’
      • ‘Gloucestershire pulled all the stops out for the Jubilee weekend and it looks like they'll do it again on Monday.’
      • ‘Getting a PhD is always a good thing, and Cambridge certainly pulls out all the stops when it comes to bizarre commemorative rituals, including value added Latin declamations.’
      • ‘Elephant is definitely their defining moment: crashing rock that pulls out all the stops.’
      • ‘To survive in a climate of higher interest rates, soaring fuel costs, rising inflation and lower consumer confidence, Britain's mid-market clothing retailers are pulling out all the stops.’