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    the whole works

    "Caroline's father hired a white Rolls-Royce to bring her to the church, we wanted the whole works!" What does "the whole works" here?

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    Re: the whole works

    Everything that you can think of.

    If this is in reference to a wedding, it would be limo, lots of bride's maids, flower girls, flowers, live musicians, ice sculptures, etc. (Everyone's definition of what is included in "the works" will be difference.)

    A pizza with the works means with all the toppings.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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