pull out all the stops

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An allusion to organ stops, which are pulled out to turn on each set of sounds in a pipe organ. When all stops are pulled out the organ will play all variations of its sounds at once, therefore being as loud as possible.

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pull out all the stops

  1. (idiomatic) To reserve or hold back nothing.
    They pulled out all the stops for the gala wedding.

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