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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
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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.
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