Definition of pull out all the stops in English:

pull out all the stops

1Make a very great effort to achieve something: we pulled out all the stops to meet the deadline
More example sentences
  • However, he is fearful that the new clause may be delayed, unless the Department of Health pulls out all the stops to make sure the new legislation is written in time.
  • But when it counts, he really pulls out all the stops and that is why we have done so well.
  • I tend to think Duncan probably pulls out all the stops to help small business people.
Synonyms
make an effort, exert oneself, try hard, strive, endeavour, apply oneself, do one's best, do all one can, do one's utmost, give one's all, make every effort, spare no effort, be at pains, put oneself out; struggle, labour, toil, strain, push oneself, drive oneself, work hard, work like a Trojan; rack/cudgel one's brains
informal give it one's best shot, go all out, bend/lean over backwards, put one's back into it, knock oneself out, do one's damnedest, move heaven and earth, beaver away, slog away, keep one's nose to the grindstone, work one's socks off, break sweat
North American informal do one's darnedest/durnedest, bust one's chops
Australian informal go for the doctor
1.1Do something very elaborately or on a grand scale: they gave a Christmas party and pulled out all the stops
[with reference to the stops of an organ]
More example sentences
  • With one glance at the palace interior, he could tell that the Oscillians had pulled out all the stops for this grand gala evening.
  • Elephant is definitely their defining moment: crashing rock that pulls out all the stops.
  • Getting a PhD is always a good thing, and Cambridge certainly pulls out all the stops when it comes to bizarre commemorative rituals, including value added Latin declamations.
See parent entry: stop

Definition of pull out all the stops in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day anomalous
Pronunciation: əˈnɒm(ə)ləs
adjective
deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected