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lock, stock and barrel


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  • n. A thing in its entirety, with nothing omitted.


From the three principal parts of a flintlock. (Wiktionary)


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  • I believe so. Sort of a version of "everything but the kitchen sink...AND the kitchen sink!"

    November 18, 2007

  • Yeah, I never heard that before, but I guess it makes sense. Would that origination also imply the same meaning, though, of a complete something-or-other? The lock, stock, and barrel of a gun are the entire gun. Does the lock, stock, and barrel of a store also imply the entire store?

    November 18, 2007

  • Also has a mercantile connection: lock (to shop door), stock (inventory) and barrel (cracker barrel in front of wood burner stove).

    November 17, 2007

  • This phrase actually refers to the parts of a musket: the lock was the firing mechanism, the stock the wooden part that supported the barrel and the lock, and the barrel, of course, is where the musket ball is loaded and fired from.

    November 17, 2007