One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Including everything; completely.‘the place is owned lock, stock, and barrel by an oil company’
- ‘You're ‘special interests,’ you understand (every major candidate uses the phrase); you own the White House and Congress lock, stock, and barrel.’
- ‘If they were to sell off the operating agency lock, stock, and barrel, and lease the use of the tunnels and stations for, say, a 99-year period, there might be hope.’
- ‘But in 1989, the most likely scenario was that Japan would buy us all lock, stock, and barrel.’
- ‘She returned from a vacation in Greece and found that someone had moved in, lock, stock, and barrel - complete with redecorating.’
- ‘It then essentially hands the entire thing, lock, stock, and barrel, to this unelected and unaccountable committee.’
- ‘The very body that failed Auckland so miserably is now being rewarded with the keys - lock, stock, and barrel - to fix the place.’
- ‘It's a very simplistic notion to assume that the world is made up of some abstract group called industry that has, lock, stock, and barrel, the same policy perspectives on any issue.’
- ‘A New Zealander could actually buy it lock, stock, and barrel.’
- ‘Coming of age, as it were, as the business model replaced earlier social models, they bought into the business model lock, stock, and barrel.’
- ‘But then, neither had he planned to pick up his company and move it lock, stock, and barrel to San Jose, California, from Cleveland, Ohio, last fall.’
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