- whole ball of wax, the,
- whole blood,
- whole brother,
- whole cloth,
- whole gale
- in view of all the circumstances; after consideration.
- disregarding exceptions; in general: On the whole, the neighborhood is improving.
Origin of whole
Examples from the Web for whole
In that photo, Merabet has a big smile that spreads across his whole face and lights up his eyes.
“We talked about the science the whole time the other day,” Krauss told The Daily Beast in a phone interview.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What an amazing thing to be able to listen to any music you want, a whole world of bands.
And Air Force assessors are the first to say such imaging never tells the whole story.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Lady Edith is so sad that her sadness nearly set the whole damned house on fire.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith|Kevin Fallon|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As, however, the whole plan of our proceedings was to be kept secret, I will not touch on that subject.A Voyage round the World|W.H.G. Kingston
His whole nervous system became affected, and it was apparent even to his daughter's eyes, that he was a very unhappy man.How It All Came Round|L. T. Meade
She had the smile called wide, and it lit up her whole face with rare flashes of dormant humor.The Girl Scouts at Camp Comalong|Lillian Garis
I cannot tell you exactly what she felt when she saw Nino from her lofty window, but she was certainly glad with her whole heart.A Roman Singer|F. Marion Crawford
That cannot be proved unless you volunteer as a witness, and give away the whole vile story of the plot to abduct Miss Maynard.A Traitor's Wooing|Headon Hill
- taking all things into consideration
- in general
Word Origin for whole
Old English hal "entire, unhurt, healthy," from Proto-Germanic *khailaz "undamaged" (cf. Old Saxon hel, Old Norse heill, Old Frisian hal, Middle Dutch hiel, Dutch heel, Old High German, German heil "salvation, welfare"), from PIE *koilas (cf. Old Church Slavonic celu "whole, complete;" see health). The spelling with wh- developed early 15c. The sense in whole number is from early 14c. For phrase whole hog, see hog.
"entire body or company; the full amount," late 14c., from whole (adj.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with whole
- whole ball of wax, the
- whole hog
- whole kit and caboodle, the
- whole megillah
- whole new ballgame, a
- whole nine yards, the
- whole shebang
- as a whole
- go whole hog
- on the whole
- out of whole cloth