- marked by an indiscriminate and omnivorous use of elements: a kitchen-sink approach to moviemaking.
Origin of kitchen-sink
First recorded in 1940–45
- the final item imaginable on any extensive list of usually disparate items: He packed everything for his trip except the kitchen sink.
Origin of kitchen sink
1870–75, for literal sense
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Examples from the Web for kitchen-sink
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- 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
Word Origin and History for 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]
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