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Origin of full montyFrom British slang perhaps after Sir Montague Burton (1885-1952), British tailor whose customers purchasing a two-piece suit could add a waistcoat and an extra pair of trousers for a small charge an option informally called the full Monty
- (UK, colloquial) All inclusive; everything; a whole package.
- I thought he was only going to buy the basic kit, but he bought the full monty.
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Unknown. First appeared in print in 1980s, but probably existed before that. The most common theory for its origin is that a purchase (especially that of a full three-piece suit) from Montague Maurice Burton (1885-1952), founder of Burton Menswear, was known as a "full Monty". According to the OED, this etymology is "perhaps the most plausible".