Robert Brindley

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Meaning of Phrases (3)

"The Full Monty"

Meaning: Complete, the whole thing.

The most common explanation comes from the tailoring business of Sir Montague Burton, based in Derbyshire in 1904. ‘The Full Monty’ referred to a three piece suit, a jacket, trousers & waistcoat, his customers being familiar with the term and known to ask for "The Full Monty" when ordering!
This is the same Montague Burton who went on to become the world’s largest bespoke tailoring service, by the way

Another explanation comes from Field Marshall Montgomery's alleged habit of wearing his full set of medals, or that he insisted his troops eat a full English breakfast every day!

Any other suggestions??

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