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[foo l-skeyl] /ˈfʊlˈskeɪl/
having the exact size or proportions of the original:
a full-scale replica.
using all possible means, facilities, etc.; complete:
The factory will commence full-scale operation next month.
Origin of full-scale
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I told you she was a potent force—a full-scale powerhouse, in sync and on the line.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • The hidden enemy of the Tartars could get at them here only by a full-scale siege.

  • Tomorrow, if all goes well, we'll have a full-scale revolution on our hands.

    The Dictator Milton Lesser
  • I fancy there'd have been a full-scale massacre if we hadn't come along.

    The Invaders William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • If you learn anything, we'll start a full-scale investigation.

    The Revolt on Venus Carey Rockwell
British Dictionary definitions for full-scale


noun (modifier)
(of a plan, etc) of actual size; having the same dimensions as the original
done with thoroughness or urgency; using all resources; all-out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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