from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Complete; thoroughgoing: "a full-bore investigation into the damaging leak” ( Tom Morganthau).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Thoroughgoing; complete; total.
  • adj. Denoting a firearm of relatively large caliber.
  • adv. At top speed; with full power.


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  • You can't deer hunt in that part of the state with a rifle -- but the shotgun season is going full-bore now.

    Iowa Deer Hunter Bags Mountain Lion

  • For the most part, the full-bore chase phase has not begun.

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  • The first and easiest choice right now that will change the future is for Congress to completely eliminate the monstrously lethal Senate Launch System earmark announced this week before it destroys NASA and our entire government human space exploration program, and reprogram the funds into exploration, technology development and a full-bore push for a U.S. commercial human orbital space fleet by 2015.

    Rick Tumlinson: The Senate Launch System - Destiny, Decision, and Disaster

  • The council's only set aside $590,000, and a full-bore election will cost $829,000.

    DeAfternoon DeBonis: Jan. 11, 2011

  • But CNN and Morgan's omission isn't the same thing as Fox's deliberate misrepresentation of reality or, in this case, its unwillingness to go full-bore on a story that admittedly has uncomfortable implications and potential repercussions for it as a network.

    Chez Pazienza: The Politics of Murdoch

  • And going full-bore for Fox always includes a heated debate during its prime-time, the engine that traditionally drives the news department's narrative for the following day.

    Chez Pazienza: The Politics of Murdoch

  • A plastic ball in the hollow back end helps the full-bore slug expand concentrically upon firing.

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  • I would recommend using full-bore slugs with any of these guns, they shoot tremendously with the shallow angled Ultragon rifling.

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  • A leading group dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women is launching a full-bore campaign against House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), accusing the Ohio Republican and the caucus he leads of being fundamentally bad for female voters.

    Boehner Targeted As Bad For Women In National Dem Campaign (VIDEO)

  • Ross Hunter is a significant exception, but other than that, these are across-the-board full-bore progressives.

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