Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

pull out all the stops

pull out all the stops
Meaning(s)
1) do everything possible to make something happen or be a success
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • pull out all the stops to achieve something
  • Analysis

    When you pull out all the stops you ensure that everything possible is done and every resource is available to guarantee success. Usually when you use the phrase to pull out all the stops it refers to an extravagant use of resources or finances in order to ensure that something is as good or effective as possible.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Michael is pulling out all the stops for his daughter's wedding. At this rate, it's going to end up costing him a fortune!
    2. I really want to get into this university. I have taken several extracurricular classes and tuition and I'm studying every evening. I'm pulling out all the stops to get this place.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We're a long way behind schedule, so if we're going to have any chance of completing the order before the deadline passes then we'll have to pull out all the stops.
    2. Sarah really pulled out all the stops to win that contract. It was obvious that she wanted it more than her competitors.
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