Definition of full on in US English:

full on


  • 1Running at or providing maximum power or capacity.

    ‘he had the heater full on’
    • ‘The oven tap had been turned full on, and there was a big fat paw print next to it.’
    • ‘Screaming, she went downstairs to her mother, who noticed the redness of her legs, but while she did so she left the tap full on.’
    • ‘We heard guitars full on in both left and right directions!’
    • ‘Without telling me, they turned the gas full on.’
    • ‘I was driving full on back from Tesco, and at the traffic lights, in the car next to me, was Prince Edward.’
    • ‘There will be another show on 19 July: the last one was superb, with the air-conditioning full on - like a great southeasterly blowing in from the sea.’
    • ‘Then, invariably, the children would scream for more, so my wife and I would just turn the heating full on and chain-smoke until the kids wanted to go home.’
  • 2So as to make a direct or significant impact.

    ‘the recession has hit us full on’
    • ‘Writer/director Scott Roberts goes straight up, full on, hands off the wheel with his debut feature and you can't help admiring the energy.’
    • ‘Then suddenly the realization of what was happening hit me full on.’
    • ‘Paddy O'Callaghan expressed the view that the problem would have to be dealt with full on and he believed that a regulated system would have to be introduced and enforced.’
    • ‘The frantic tone caused her to roll out of bed immediately, hitting the floor full on.’
    • ‘I got out of my car and the heat just hits me, full on.’
    • ‘Colin gazed at his brother full on, disbelief apparent in his gray eyes.’
    • ‘He felt as if he had just hit a brick wall full on, the pain was incredible.’
    • ‘‘What are you looking at me for?’, he grinned, meeting my glower full on.’
    • ‘By lucky chance, a shaft of sunlight coming though the high stained glass windows struck Tom's burnished medals full on and then reflected them back into the chairman's face.’
    • ‘Finally I looked up, he had been staring at my elbow, but then he met my gaze full on.’
    • ‘He was very close to me, and I straightened my back, meeting his smouldering gaze full on in pure defiance.’
    1. 2.1full-oninformal (of an activity or thing) not diluted in nature or effect.
      ‘this is full-on ballroom boogie’
      • ‘Somehow, someone has given them my travel itinerary and they are waging a full on attack while I am incapable of traveling out there to rearrange and rectify the situation.’
      • ‘I didn't want a full on relationship with anyone… why would I?’
      • ‘Whether you are looking for a fixed price menu at £13.50, for a two course meal or a full on gastronomic delight, this little place is sure to satisfy all appetites.’
      • ‘Well, we plan on bringing the guys back from Cuba next summer for a full on festival tour.’
      • ‘That alone is worth saluting, as are the top-shelf graphics, print-like layout and overall spirit of full on music exuberance.’
      • ‘Anyway, the current play - the one with the gritty, northern, and therefore tragic second half is absolutely crammed with really good, full on, grown up swearing.’
      • ‘Bottom line: go see it, and strap yourself in for one hell of a good movie - full on non-stop, beautifully-filmed action.’
      • ‘But his voice is all wrong for the full on Dr. Doom effect.’
      • ‘Since all the vegetation has been removed the Canada geese have full on access to the back parking lot and are trying to come into the back door of the bird store.’
      • ‘I note that the BBC report solicits comment from a number of sources - all of which happen to be anti-smoking people who want the government to go for full on prohibition.’
      • ‘It is funny to see the different fashions - everything from shorts and jackets to full on winter gear - hat, gloves, scarf.’