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    doing the whole banana

    What does the following in red mean? "Doing all things"?

    "Because Woz and I started the company based on doing the whole banana, we weren't so good at partnering with people," he said.

    Thank you.

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    Re: doing the whole banana

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    What does the following in red mean? "Doing all things"?

    "Because Woz and I started the company based on doing the whole banana, we weren't so good at partnering with people," he said.

    Thank you.
    I do not know the expression. I imagine it means 'doing every single thing themselves'.

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    Re: doing the whole banana

    [QUOTE=unpakwon


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Thanks to you and the moderator, I have learned a new idiom this morning.

    (2) Of course, I visited Professor Google and found two uses that you may wish to

    study.

    (a) The following advice comes from a golfer to another golfer (needless to say, I

    know NO THING about golf):

    "It is if you play it safe and bite it off in 200' chunks. If you want to go for the whole

    banana in one throw, it gets a bit narrower."

    (b) Then apparently someone wanted to remodel a room. Someone gave this advice:

    " Why not go for the whole banana, and make the closet full-height?"

    (3) It seems that to "do/go for the whole banana" suggests being bold. Doing the

    maximum. Not settling for half measures. As the saying goes: Throwing caution to

    the wind.

    (a) Maybe (a big "maybe"), your quotation means something like:

    Those two gentlemen were always pushing the boundaries as far as they could.

    They had no patience dealing with partners who might be more timid.
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    Re: doing the whole banana

    Thank you all for the kind help.

    I understand your explanation. Still I don't see what the fruit has to to with the meaning. Anyway I've got what I need.

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    Re: doing the whole banana

    While I've never heard "the whole banana" before, we do use "the whole enchilada" with the same meaning.

    I have no idea why.
    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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