Definition of the whole ball of wax in US English:

the whole ball of wax

phrase

North American
informal
  • Everything.

    • ‘They still are playing for the whole ball of wax.’
    • ‘That includes a consultation, an exam, and your first adjustment, the whole ball of wax.’
    • ‘Alpinism is the whole ball of wax, not just one aspect of climbing.’
    • ‘However, his nominees suggest that he's going to go straight out and try to go for the whole ball of wax at first.’
    • ‘It ties the whole ball of wax together, from studio to director to actors to grips.’
    • ‘‘The quintessential entrepreneur is someone who wants to put his hands around the whole ball of wax,’ says Kriss.’
    • ‘They had the perseverance to keep enlarging their vocabulary, their accuracy, their present, past and future verb tenses, the whole ball of wax.’
    • ‘Are we all part of a shrinking world where we can count on our commonalities to keep the whole ball of wax in one piece?’
    • ‘The point of the book is nobody has to take over the whole ball of wax.’
    • ‘I've said before that a restaurant isn't just about the food but about the whole ball of wax - decor, vibe and service thrown in.’