Full monty (phrase)

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The full monty is a British slang phrase of uncertain origin. It is generally used to mean "everything which is necessary, appropriate, or possible; ‘the works’",[1] and has been in common usage in the north of England for many years; the 1982 Yellow Pages for Manchester listed both a "Full Monty Chippy" and a "Fullmonty Chippy".[2] An American equivalent might be phrase "the whole nine yards", "the whole ball of wax", "the whole enchilada", or "the whole shebang".

Since the 1997 film The Full Monty, which features a group of men in Sheffield learning to strip, the phrase has acquired an additional usage meaning removing every item of clothing.[1]

Possible origins of the phrase include:[3]

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