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    pull all the stops

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    The Government pulled out all the stops to get the Industrial Relations Bill through Parliament in a single session.

    pull out all the stops = pull out all the stops = explore every avenue, leave no avenue unexplored

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: pull all the stops

    pull out all the stops

    to make a big effort so that something happens or is successful

    Source: Macmillan Online Dictionary

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    Re: pull all the stops

    Hi baileyn,

    Thank you for your clear interpretation.

    Here are a few words concerning my complicated interpretation:

    avenue = a possible way of achieving something

    The president wants to explore every avenue towards peace in the region

    avenue - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online

    In my opinion, our young friend has acted hastily on the sopur of the moment without fully considering the consequences, and I think, no, I am sure, that he must be given an opportunity to thoroughly explore every avenue of the matter. (R. Aldington, “All Men Are Enemies”)

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    Re: pull all the stops

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
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    The Government pulled out all the stops to get the Industrial Relations Bill through Parliament in a single session.

    pull all the stops = pull out al the stops = explore every avenue, leave no avenue unexplored

    ...
    You need the 'out' somewhere - either 'pull out all the stops' or 'pull all the stops out'.

    The stops in question are Organ stop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia , and as that article says the word 'stop' is used to refer to the knob that an organist pulls out in order to use a particular resource.

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    Re: pull all the stops

    Hi BobK,

    Thank you for your relevant amendment.

    Thank you also for further information.

    I wish you Happy New Year.

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