Definition of Pull out all the stops

1. Verb. Use all resources available. "The organizers pulled out all the stops for the centennial meeting"

Generic synonyms: Apply, Employ, Use, Utilise, Utilize



Definition of Pull out all the stops

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To reserve or hold back nothing. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pull Out All The Stops

pull in
pull in one's horns
pull my finger
pull off
pull on
pull one's finger out
pull one's head in
pull one's own weight
pull one's punches
pull one's socks up
pull one's weight
pull oneself together
pull oneself up by one's bootstraps
pull out all the stops (current term)
pull out of the fire
pull out of the hat
pull over
pull punches
pull quote
pull quotes
pull rank
pull round
pull somebody's leg
pull someone's bacon out of the fire
pull someone's chestnuts out of the fire
pull someone's fat out of the fire
pull someone's leg

Literary usage of Pull out all the stops

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Report of the Congressional Committees Investigating the Iran/Contra Affair by Lee H. Hamilton, Daniel K. Inouye (1995)
"Clarridge cabled the CIA Chief in Country 15 and ordered him to "pull out all the stops" to solve the problem.95 Secord called an official in Country 15's ..."

2. The London Magazine by John Scott, John Taylor (1823)
"... long after he ought to hare given way to us in the upper-house ;—our only resource in this dilemma was, to pull out all the stops of the organ and to ..."

3. The Sermons of Henry Ward Beecher: In Plymouth Church, Brooklyn by Beecher, Henry Ward, Truman Jeremiah Ellinwood (1874)
"If you put on all the pressure of the bellows of this organ, and pull out all the stops, press all the keys and pedals together, and bring out that ..."

4. Acoustics for Musicians by Percy Carter Buck (1918)
"If you go alone to 'the organ in an empty church, pull out all the stops, fix down all the notes, and turn on the wind, the result will be a noise best left ..."

5. Celebrate Life: A Guide for Planning All Night Alcohol & Drug-Free edited by Sharon Murphy (1992)
"NOTE: If both are held, the prom party is usually the smaller of the two parties with the graduation celebration being the "pull out all the stops" ..."

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