Pull out All the Stops

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To do something eagerly or whole heatedly, putting in all to succeed

Etymology:

  • This phrase emerged in the 19th century. It refers to the working or function of big organs. It is noticing that at that time, Church playing organs had several pipes that a musician or an organist played by plucking out knobs that were called stops. If you pulled out the entire stops in the organ, it would produce the fullest or loudest sound possible. Later the phrase refers to other activities of life suggesting doing possibly all to succeed in something.
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He will surely pull out all the stops to get top position in the exams.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Pull out All the Stops':

pull out all the stopsTo reserve or hold back nothing.
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