full monty

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unknown. First appeared in print in 1980s, but probably existed before that. The most common theory for its origin is that a purchase (especially that of a full three-piece suit) from Montague Maurice Burton (1885-1952), founder of Burton Menswear, was known as a "full Monty". According to the OED, this etymology is "perhaps the most plausible".

Noun[edit]

full monty (uncountable)

  1. (UK, colloquial) All inclusive; everything; a whole package.
    I thought he was only going to buy the basic kit, but he bought the full monty.

Usage notes[edit]

Usually with the.

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