Definition of caboodle in US English:


(also kaboodle)


in phrase the whole caboodle" or "the whole kit and caboodle
  • The whole number or quantity of people or things in question.

    ‘sort out your best snaps, complete the entry form, and pop the whole caboodle into an envelope addressed to us’
    ‘once you get them talking about one case, they might as well settle the whole kit and caboodle’
    • ‘I felt it was time the take responsibility for the whole kit and caboodle.’
    • ‘Stir the softened, slow-cooked onions into the egg mixture and then pour the whole caboodle into an oiled non-stick circular 9 " cake tin.’
    • ‘Allowing the leader to straighten, I hauled on the line to break the surface tension, then tossed the whole caboodle into the centre current well above the trout.’
    • ‘You go all out planning a posh candlelit dinner in a fine restaurant, buying flowers and even a new shirt, the whole caboodle - after all she is worth it isn't she?’
    • ‘We've seen a broad, rapid change in our technological world over my relatively short lifetime, and the whole caboodle shows no signs of slowing - if anything, it appears to be speeding up.’
    • ‘The US Forces spent a spectacular half-a-million dollars on what was supposed to be this grand presentation room and briefing room, with flat plasma screens and the whole kit and caboodle.’
    • ‘Then they'll very often bring in the whole kit and caboodle for us to frame.’
    • ‘I'm talking about the whole kit and caboodle here.’
    • ‘The chorus is particularly annoying in its one-dimensional repetitiveness, and the whole kaboodle runs out of ideas about a minute before the end.’
    • ‘Yet he doesn't need to move the whole kit and caboodle to New York.’
    • ‘We will have the sequel rights for years, and we own the whole kit and caboodle.’
    • ‘The trade-off is a relatively small 200GB hard drive (for a media machine) and average graphics, but you can upgrade the graphics card for gaming and add speakers, but at this price, you might expect the whole caboodle.’
    • ‘As the whole caboodle followed by, I realised that apart from the fox and its innate acceptance, and possibly the police with theirs, everybody was having a hugely enjoyable Saturday out.’
    • ‘Agatha hadn't even needed to say anything to Elizabeth before she was making preparations to move the whole kit and caboodle downstairs.’
    • ‘The older I get, the more I realize that life, sexuality, the whole kit and caboodle, is never black-and-white.’
    • ‘The first floor is accessory heaven, bags, sunglasses, scarves, the whole kit and caboodle.’
    • ‘Ah yes, I love cartoons, animation, the whole kit and caboodle.’
    • ‘Yes, it's a truly woeful collection that for some reason my mother decided to ship over to me here, the whole kit and caboodle.’
    • ‘The whole caboodle is so physical, and that appeals to her.’
    • ‘The whole caboodle - including appliances such as fridge, freezer, cooker, hob and extractor fan - will set me back about £3,500.’
    whole, whole thing, entity, unit, unity, body, piece, object, discrete item
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Mid 19th century (originally US): perhaps from the phrase kit and boodle, in the same (see kit, boodle).