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[kich-uh n-singk] /ˈkɪtʃ ənˈsɪŋk/
marked by an indiscriminate and omnivorous use of elements:
a kitchen-sink approach to moviemaking.
Origin of kitchen-sink
First recorded in 1940-45

kitchen sink

the final item imaginable on any extensive list of usually disparate items:
He packed everything for his trip except the kitchen sink.
1870-75, for literal sense Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for kitchen-sink

kitchen sink

a sink in a kitchen for washing dishes, vegetables, etc
everything but the kitchen sink, everything that can be conceived of
(modifier) denoting a type of drama or painting of the 1950s depicting the sordid aspects of domestic reality
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Contemporary definitions for kitchen-sink

made up of a hodgepodge, including many ingredients's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for kitchen-sink

kitchen sink


attested by 1824. Phrase everything but (or and) the kitchen sink is 1944, from World War II armed forces slang, in reference to intense bombardment.

Out for blood, our Navy throws everything but the kitchen sink at Jap vessels, warships and transports alike. [Shell fuel advertisement, "Life," Jan. 24, 1944]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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