whole shooting match

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare whole shitting match. Perhaps that term is a vulgarization of this term, or this term is a bowdlerization of that term.

Noun[edit]

whole shooting match

  1. (idiomatic) Everything; the entire collection, endeavor, or activity.
    It started raining on their picnic and they had to move the whole shooting match inside.

See also[edit]

  • for a list of other "whole ___" terms that mean "everything / the whole thing", see the whole nine yards