One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Usually with hyphen. Characterized by or arising from total commitment or devotion; thoroughgoing, out-and-out.
With the. The greatest possible or desirable amount, degree, extent, etc.
In a thoroughgoing manner; fully, completely.
Early 19th century. From whole + hog, after to go the whole hog.
whole hog/ˌhəʊl ˈhɒɡ/
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