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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. 2017.
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  • "Rodner, I want a Strike-Day set, a full-scale blitz-operation readied as soon as possible," he told the defense-chief.

    Check and Checkmate Walter Miller
  • I told you she was a potent force—a full-scale powerhouse, in sync and on the line.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • We don't want to build a little reflector again; we want to put up a full-scale instrument.

    The Year When Stardust Fell Raymond F. Jones
  • The hidden enemy of the Tartars could get at them here only by a full-scale siege.

  • It is rather difficult attempting any full-scale tracing job just now; our men are terribly overworked.

    Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
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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