I'm sure I've heard multiple variations on this expression, but I can't clearly recall any of them, and searching without the key word is impossible. Basically it's a phrase meaning you strongly agree with what was just said and want to emphasize that, possibly following up with more explanation of why that statement was so true.


Kittens are the best!

This with [blank] on. They're so fluffy, and their cute little meows melt my heart.

  • Do you want us to answer with any idioms that mean vehement agreement or to try and find the exact one you semi-remember? – BladorthinTheGrey Dec 4 '16 at 15:00
  • I'd like the exact one, although, as I said, I feel like it's a phrase that has multiple version, with various nouns filling in the blank. So any examples of this construction would work. – Joe M Dec 4 '16 at 15:02
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    "This with knobs on." [BrE (dated)] Note: knobs as in door knobs. – Mick Dec 4 '16 at 15:04
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    for AmE, I would say "This with bells on". But I don't have a reference. – Hellion Dec 4 '16 at 15:08
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    @Hellion "With bells on" means something along the lines of an enthusiastic statement of intention, along the lines of: "Will you be at the Christmas party?" "Absolutely, with bells on." – Joe M Dec 4 '16 at 15:31

"With [brass] knobs on." [BrE (dated)]

Cambridge Dictionary: with (brass) knobs on:

If you describe something as a particular thing with knobs on, you mean it has similar qualities to that thing but they are more extreme:
Disney World was like an ordinary amusement park with knobs on.

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"In Spades" (meaning "In abundance; very much" is another variant.

It probably comes from the card game contract bridge, where spades are the highest valued suit. Use in the non-card context started in the 1920s.


From wiktionary: in spades

(idiomatic) In large quantities; to a high degree; to excess, without restraint.  [quotations ▼]

    Last year we harvested almost no potatoes, but this year we're getting them in spades.

(idiomatic) Beyond doubt.
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