Created on 30 January 2019
Idiom
LOCK, STOCK AND BARREL.
Meaning
Lock, stock and barrel is used to talk about things that are complete or total.
Origin

LOCK, STOCK AND BARREL.

In early days of firearms manufacture, individual craftsmen made individual components one at a time. One craftsmen made the” lock” or firing mechanism which could be a “match lock”, “wheel lock” or “flintlock” etc. The next craftsman made the “barrel” and the last craftsman, who was a woodworker made the “stock”. At some point a craftsman or merchant started advertising firearms “Lock, Stock and Barrel”. Meaning you could buy a gun complete and ready to use.
Examples

We bought the house lock stock and barrel (including furniture and fittings)

In the fire we lost everything. Lock, stock and barrel.

He moved the whole company, lock, stock and barrel to Mexico.

Pinterest
Birthday Special Offer 2019
Spring English Courses in London
Summer English Courses in London