How to use
'healthy, unhurt, complete'
only before noun
all of something
You have your whole life ahead of you!
His whole attitude bugs me.
We ate the whole cake in about ten minutes.
The whole thing
everything about the situation
just makes me sick.
We just sat around and watched TV
the whole time
the only thing we did was watch television
I don't believe she's telling us
the whole story
all the facts
It was months before
the whole truth
the whole school/country/village etc
all the people in a school, country etc
The whole town came out for the parade.
a whole lot
I'm feeling a whole lot better.
I don't cook a whole lot anymore.
a whole lot (of something)
a large quantity or number
We're going to have a whole lot of problems if we don't finish this by tomorrow.
You can find a nice house in this neighborhood, and you don't have to spend a whole lot.
the whole lot
especially British English
all of something
She gave me the whole lot for 20 pounds.
a whole range/series/variety etc (of something)
used to emphasize that there are a lot of things of a similar type
There are a whole range of sizes to choose from.
complete and not divided or broken into parts
Place a whole onion inside the chicken.
swallowing it without chewing
the whole point (of something)
used to emphasize the purpose for doing something, especially when you believe this is unclear or has been forgotten
I thought the whole point of the meeting was to decide which offer to accept.
in the whole (wide) world
an expression meaning 'anywhere' or 'at all', used to emphasize a statement
I have the best job in the whole wide world.
go the whole hog
go whole hog
to do something as completely or as well as you can, without any limits
I'm gonna go whole hog and have a live band at the barbecue.
the whole nine yards
including everything that is typical of or possible in an activity, situation, set of things etc
Our new apartment complex has a tennis court, swimming pool, playground - the whole nine yards.
➔ a whole new ball game
; ➔ the whole shebang
; ➔ the whole shooting match
; ➔ the whole enchilada
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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