the whole shebang


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the whole shebang

(spoken)
all of something, including everything connected with it the whole nine yards We've got offices all over the world, and we're tying the whole shebang together with a high-speed computer network. Anderson has explored the black experience in America's intellectual, cultural, and political life - the whole shebang.
See also: shebang, whole

the whole shebang

  (informal)
the whole of something, including everything that is connected with it The party's next week but my parents are organizing the whole shebang.
See also: shebang, whole

the whole shebang

and the whole shooting match (...ʃəˈbæŋ)
n. the whole affair; everything and everyone. (Folksy.) The whole shebang is just about washed up. The boss put an end to the whole shooting match.
See also: shebang, whole
References in classic literature ?
the cards that were given them; and Luck, the monstrous, mad-god thing, the owner of the whole shebang, looked on and grinned.
They were sleeping together, eating together, going to the toilet, the whole shebang.
Sinn Fein Public Accounts Committee Chairman John O'-Dowd reckons the whole shebang should simply be abolished and the money spent on public services instead.
In fact, if the people are as poor in Los Angeles as the mayor believes, the rich people of Canoga Park, Reseda, Northridge, Sepulveda, Pacoima, Van Nuys, Chatsworth, North Hollywood, Sun Valley and Sylmar must have built the whole shebang.
We've tried everything - smoke and mirrors and the whole shebang to turn it around and it was not to be.
But while the whole shebang was orchestrated as a triumphant reunion of the ultimate Woodstock-era supergroup - the first in a quarter century to include all four members, after all - melancholy was the most genuine emotion found in the pumped-up, self-congratulatory atmosphere.
Brian Berry, who runs gay bars in Kilkenny and Waterford and will manage the business, said: "It's the whole shebang.
The inevitable great techno-score, which Tykwer also helped compose, unifies the whole shebang into a gripping, invigorating gyroscope of a movie.
The whole shebang is for an extremely good cause to raise some much-needed funds for Children's Heartbeat Trust, an independent charity which supports families of children with heart disease in Northern Ireland.
THE X FACTOR IT hasn't exactly been a vintage year when it comes to acts but the whole shebang comes to a head this weekend.
ThE x fACTOR f IT hasn't exactly been a vintage year when it comes to acts but the whole shebang comes to a head this weekend.
If you like to keep things cool and classy, use your bright colours as an accent rather than the whole shebang.
The Bairds throw their doors open for Beth's unpredictable sister Caroline, their son and his outlandish partner, friends Colin and Cathy, and their Norwegian neighbours Henning and Nina - who must be bewildered by the whole shebang.
The Bairds throw their doors open for Beth's sister Caroline, their son and his outlandish partner, friends Colin and Cathy, and their Norwegian neighbours Henning and Nina - who must be slightly bewildered by the whole shebang.
But the whole shebang kicks off in rather more traditional fashion as Katie Derham presents an evening of music.