Word Originof unknown origin; the phrase is only recorded recently. Among various (unsubstantiated) theories, one cites 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 cent.); another recounts the possibility of a military usage, the full monty being ‘the full cooked English breakfast’ insisted upon by Field Marshal Montgomery.Idiomsnounjump to other results
BrE BrE//ˈmɒnti//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːnti//
the full amount that people expect or want They'll do the full monty (= take off all their clothes) if you pay them enough.
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