One of five books of the Hebrew scriptures (the Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther) that are appointed to be read on certain Jewish notable days, especially the Book of Esther, read at the festival of Purim.
- the whole megillah
Something in its entirety, especially a complicated set of arrangements or a long-winded story.
- ‘you usually get the whole megillah, complete to the last screw’
- ‘And now that I've found a hairstyle that suits the inexorable genetic progress of hair erasure, it gives me pause to reflect on the whole megillah of pateness, as you put it.’
- ‘So give ‘em the whole megillah… Do readers really want to know how miserable you are?’
- ‘Johnson was decked out in lavish uniform: red and white robes, mitre, cross and crook - the whole megillah.’
North American informal
From Hebrew mĕḡillāh, literally ‘scroll’.