the whole caboodle

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US slang, attested in 1848. From an earlier (1830s) "the whole boodle".

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the whole caboodle

  1. (slang, US) everything else
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, “14”, in Babbitt:
      "'Yes, sir, these other burgs are our true partners in the great game of vital living. But let's not have any mistake about this. I claim that Zenith is the best partner and the fastest-growing partner of the whole caboodle. []
    When you're packing for our camping trip, don't forget the essentials. You know, deodorant, ant killer, condoms, baby wipes and the whole caboodle.

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