whole ball of wax

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

EB1911 - Volume 01 - Page 001 - 1.svg This entry lacks etymological information. If you are familiar with the origin of this term, please add it to the page per etymology instructions. You can also discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.

Noun[edit]

whole ball of wax (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic, slang) The entire or overall plan, concept or action.
    The whole ball of wax will be viewed in 5 minutes.
    In my opinion the whole ball of wax depends on what she'll say.
  2. (idiomatic, slang) Everything of a similar or related nature; everything necessary for a particular purpose.
    We've got pots, pans, the food and cooking utensils—the whole ball of wax.

See also[edit]

  • for a list of other "whole ___" terms that mean "everything / the whole thing", see the whole nine yards