not the full quid

not the full quid

not very intelligent – Australian & New Zealand informal

As an informal term for a pound sterling (or in former times - a sovereign or guinea) quid dates from the late 17th century. Its origins are unknown.


at full cock

(of a firearm) with the cock lifted to the position at which the trigger will act

at full stretch

with a part of your body fully extended

using the maximum amount of your resources or energy

come full circle

return to a past position or situation, often in a way considered to be inevitable

in full cry

expressing an opinion loudly and forcefully

Full cry originated and is still used as a hunting expression referring to a pack of hounds all baying in pursuit of their quarry.

full as a goog

very drunk - Australian informal

Goog is slang for egg. But its origins are uncertain.

the full monty

the full amount expected, desired or possible - informal

The origin of this expression is unclear.

Among various, though unsubstantiated theories, one cites as the source the phrase the full Montague Burton, apparently meaning a complete three-piece suit (from the name of a tailor of made-to-measure clothing in the early 20th century). Another theory recounts the possibility of a military origin, with the full monty being the full cooked English breakfast insisted upon by Field Marshal Montgomery.

full of beans


in high spirits - informal

This phrase was originally used by people who work with horses and referred to the good condition of a horse fed on beans.

full of years

having lived to a considerable age – archaic

Full of years is an expression originating in the Authorized Version of the Bible : an old man and full of years (Genesis 25 : 8 ).

at full pelt

with great speed

as fast as possible

full steam ahead = full speed ahead

used to indicate that you should proceed with as much speed or energy as possible

in full fig

wearing the smart clothes appropriate for an event or occasion – informal

Fig in the sense of dress or equipment is now used only in this phrase which was first recorded in the mid 19th century.

in full flight

escaping as rapidly as possible

1938 - Life - A week later General Cedillo was reported in full flight through the bush, with Federal troops hot on his heels.

in full flow

talking fluently and easily and showing no sign of stopping

performing vigorously and enthusiastically

in full swing

(of an activity) proceeding vigorously

not playing with a full deck

mentally deficient - North American informal

A deck in this phrase is a pack of playing cards.

on a full stomach

having (or without having) eaten beforehand

to the full

to the greatest possible extent

full whack

the maximum price or rate

1989 - Holiday Which? - Tour prices vary. You pay top whack if you book in large hotels.

the fullness of your heart = the fullness of the heart

great or overwhelming emotion – literary

in the fullness of time

after a due length of time has elapsed


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