what does “lock stock and barrel” mean then??
I think that the term lock, stock and barrel came from the days of the early western frontier when a business (such as a general store) would sell out to another. Lock being the premises and fixtures, stock being the hard goods and barrel being the dry goods and perishables. Ergo, “He bought the business, lock, stock and barrel”.
At least, that’s what I was told when asked about the origin of the term. Nowdays, it seems to be said to be a “turn key operation”.[/quote]
I always thought that was a reference to a parts of a gun, which collectively make up the complete item. i.e the whole fang dangle.