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    go the whole hog

    Dear teachers,

    Would you share with me your opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    He’s no good, Lewis. I don’t mind telling you that. I considered at the time, and I still do, that we ought to have gone the whole hog and struck his name off the books. (C. P. Snow, “The Affair”)

    When I set out to do something I go whole hog or nothing. (E. Caldwell, “Tragic Ground”)

    “I don’t believe a little beer ever hurt anyone.”
    “You do not stop with a little,” says Joyse. “You go the whole hog.” (I. Hughes, “ Simple Takes a Wife”)

    go the whole hog = do something completely or thoroughly; proceed as far as possible, go to the limit, do something as it should be

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: go the whole hog

    Hi Vil

    See: go the whole hog - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    go the whole hog (British, American & Australian) also go whole hog (American)
    to do something as completely as possible e.g.
    It was going to cost so much to repair my computer, I thought I might as well go the whole hog and buy a new one.
    I went whole hog and had a huge steak and French fries.

    Hope this helps
    Best regards

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