mit Kind und Kegel

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

mit (with) + Kind (child) + und (and) + Kegel (illegitimate child). Hence, the expression originally means "with all [their] legitimate and illegitimate children", i.e. with a large entourage. However, this meaning is inscrutable to the contemporary German speaker because the word Kegel is now obsolete in the aforementioned sense.

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Adverb[edit]

mit Kind und Kegel

  1. (idiomatic, somewhat informal) as a large group; with all of one's family, contents, and/or livestock
    Angelina Jolie und Brad Pitt sind mit Kind und Kegel in Nizza angekommen.
    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have arrived in Nice with the whole family..
    Die Israeliten zogen mit Kind und Kegel von Ägypten nach Palästina.
    The Israelites moved from Egypt to Palestine with everyone and everything they had.

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