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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- (reserve nothing): empty the tank, give one's all, go all out, go the whole nine yards, go up to eleven, go balls to the wall