lock, stock, and barrel


lock, stock, and barrel
adverb
Etymology: so called from the three principal parts of a flintlock

sold his property lock, stock, and barrel

took over the duties of his predecessor lock, stock, and barrel

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lock, stock, and barrel phrase
including every part of a particular thing, situation, place etc

They bought out the business lock, stock, and barrel.

The family headed lock, stock, and barrel for the city of Bath.

Thesaurus: everything and including everythingsynonym
Main entry: lock

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including everything; completely

the place is owned lock, stock, and barrel by an oil company

Origin:
referring to the complete mechanism of a firearm

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lock, stock, and barrel
: including everything : wholly or completely

She gave her friend everything she owned, lock, stock, and barrel, and moved away.

He insisted that he be given control of the business, lock, stock, and barrel.

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Main Entry:lock
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lock, stock, and barrel — see lock, 1
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Main Entry:stock

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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