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Pull out all stops

DEFINITION

Use all resources to succeed. Concerted effort to succeed. The term comes from  musical pipe organs, when the organist wanted a strong sound, they would pull out all stops for each pipe for a choral blast. Also suggests great flamboyance to impress. (Compare to Full steam ahead, Go whole hog, Break the bank or  On a roll.)

Knowing that I might get fired, I decided to work doubly hard at my job. I pulled out all the stops to impress my boss.”

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