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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