"whole ball of wax" meaning in English

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Noun

Audio: En-au-whole ball of wax.ogg [Australia]
Head templates: {{en-noun|?|head=whole ball of wax}} whole ball of wax
  1. (idiomatic, slang) The entire or overall plan, concept or action. Tags: idiomatic, slang
    Sense id: whole_ball_of_wax-en-noun-zH807Lti
  2. (idiomatic, slang) Everything of a similar or related nature; everything necessary for a particular purpose. Tags: idiomatic, slang
    Sense id: whole_ball_of_wax-en-noun-5K1Xxa-Z Synonyms: everything

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