whole shebang

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1924, from shebang.[1][2][3]

Alternative forms[edit]


whole shebang (plural whole shebangs)

  1. (idiomatic) Everything; the entire thing.
    The festival had balloons, flowers, fireworks, performers, and the whole shebang.
    • 1924, Harold Hart Crane, letter:[1][2]
      I am growing more and more sick of factions, gossip, jealousies, recriminations, excoriations and the whole literary shee-bang.


See also[edit]

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 whole shebang, the ”, Wordorigins.org, Dave Wilton, Tuesday, February 20, 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Oxford English Dictionary, 1884-1928, and First Supplement, 1933
  3. ^ Take our Word