English Idiom – Everything but the kitchen sink.

Meaning – Including almost everything imaginable or every possible item, without any regard for necessity or relevance. This expression can be used to describe a wide variety of situations where many items or actions are included, often with the implication that it is unnecessary or excessive.


When could you use this idiom?

  • Your company creates a product that includes a lot of unnecessary features or functions.
  • A friend is packing for a trip and bringing a lot of unnecessary items.
  • When someone organizes an event or party and goes overboard with decorations or activities.
  • A classmate creates a presentation or report that includes a lot of irrelevant information.


  • “When we went camping, Mateo brought everything but the kitchen sink – it took us hours to pack and set up camp.”

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What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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