whole nine yards

whole nine yards

Sl. the entire amount; everything, as far as possible. For you I'll go the whole nine yards. You're worth the whole nine yards.
See also: nine, whole, yard

whole nine yards

The entire amount or distance. Of all phrases in the English language, few have as many supposed sources as this one. Among the possibilities are the nine yards of material from which tailors made expensive men's suits; the nine cubic yards of concrete that concrete trucks held; the nine yards (or spars) on a three-masted sailing ship; the volume of grave soil; and the length of a World War II aircraft ammunition belt. However, none of these or any other explanation has been conclusively proven. The phrase first appeared during the 1960s of out Vietnam War writings with no further explanation. Other phrases that refer to everything are “all the marbles,” “the whole shooting match,” “the whole ball of wax,” and “the whole shebang.”
See also: nine, whole, yard
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Dealerships have to do the whole nine yards to convince a prospective buyer to opt for a particular model against a competing offer.
This time they've gone the whole nine yards, brought in dental experts, the lot.
The matter never went the whole nine yards after the full weight of the British Medical Association swung into action with the charge dropped like a hot potato and substantial damages paid by the police authority.
Nevertheless, she is not underestimating her opponent as she knows that any fight in the Octagon can last the whole nine yards or end in a snap of ten seconds.
Once the truth came out, he moved in with her and lived there for nine months, saying how much he loved her - the whole nine yards.
Senior citizens should no longer be compelled to eke out a living as they have gone the whole nine yards in their heyday.
Now although I haven't yet had the pleasure of sitting through the whole nine yards the yellow brick road trip, I have seen several extracts, thanks to fact that Big Bro Fred and Mum love it with a passion.
Great job, good salary, benefits, the whole nine yards.
While Wang included elements such as Nehru jacket- inspired shirts, choli jackets and churidar pants, Marchesa went the whole nine yards with an entire line- up of Indian ensembles, tweaked for the Western palette.
Besides "The Green Mile," Duncan starred in such blockbusters as "Sin City," "The Whole Nine Yards," "The Planet of Apes," "The Scorpion King" and many others.
They've talked babies, marriage, the whole nine yards.
In day-to-day business you cannot afford for the customer to guess at any part of of the sales proposition, give them the whole nine yards in the service history of the yearling and every facility in buying or making an offer on the lot - whether being there live or online.
This is the guy Peter was - active in his community, volunteering, not just with Wirral CVS, changing people's lives - the whole nine yards.
His issues need to be addressed by true professionals-a psychiatrist, a medical team, the whole nine yards.
This year, logical or not I have voiced my expectations loud and clear - I want the whole nine yards.