Talk:pull out all the stops

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Tea room discussion[edit]

Note: the below discussion was moved from the Wiktionary:Tea room.

as in: "To mark the anniversary festivities of the founding of the People’s Republic, the authorities will pull out every stop to ensure a trouble-free capital."

The meaning seems clear from context, is this standard usage? If so, should an entry be created?-- 01:47, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

I'm not sure if it's standard. It's definitely not as common as pull out all the stops. —RuakhTALK 22:35, 20 January 2009 (UTC)
Surprisingly to me, almost as common on bgc as [[pull out all the stops]] is [[pull out the stops]]. A larger portion of the hits for this less emphatic form seem to be of the more literal meaning having to do with making music (organ? piano?). DCDuring TALK 00:40, 21 January 2009 (UTC)