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works, the

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works, the

noun phrase

Everything; the totality of resources; the WHOLE SCHMEAR, the WHOLE NINE YARDS: the works, shave, haircut, massage, and tonic

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give someone the works, gum up, in the pipeline, shoot the works

[1912+; perhaps like kit and caboodle in referring to an entire outfit of equipment, conceived as a works, ''factory, workplace and equipment''; perhaps referring to the entirety of a mechanism like that in gum up the works]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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