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Also, the whole enchilada or shooting match or shebang . Everything, all the elements, the entire affair. For example, The union demanded higher wages, a pension plan, job security-the whole ball of wax, or The contract includes paperback rights, film rights, electronic media-the whole enchilada, or She lost her job, her pension, her health-care coverage, the whole shooting match. Not all the allusions in these slangy terms are clear. Ball of wax may refer to a 17th-century English legal practice whereby land was divided among heirs by covering scraps of paper representing portions of land with wax, rolling each into a ball, and drawing the balls from a hat. An enchilada combines several foods inside a tortilla; a shooting match denotes a shooting competition; and a shebang is a rude hut or shelter. The first two of these slangy terms date from the second half of the 1900s, the last two from the late 1800s. For synonyms, see whole kit and caboodle; whole megillah.
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In my new book Combat Shooting from the Gun Digest folks, I make the point that, "A shooting match is not a gunfight, but a gunfight most definitely is a shooting match.
The challenge, regarded as one of the toughest challenges available for the armed forces, has been running since 1959, when a group of Welsh Territorial Army soldiers designed a weekend training event, featuring long-distance marching over the Cambrian Mountains, culminating in a shooting match on the Sennybridge training area.
He would usually go treble-20, double-eight, but the Rovers Return regulars might have worked out he was a ringer had he done that and the whole shooting match would have had to have been called off.
We really would be better off out of the whole rotten European Union shooting match, leaving Europe to sink or swim without the British buoyancy aid which is provided by us in no small measure.
What Pininfarina needs is for Ratan Tata to buy the whole shooting match and use the styling house's still considerable talents to beautify the raft of new products he's got up his sleeve.
For that's exactly what this monstrous hole is: not a single thing, no galaxies, no stars, no cosmic dust, no gas, not even the enigmatic invisible stuff known to astronomers as "dark matter" which is thought to be a kind of gravitational glue holding the whole shooting match together.
That said, with only six stages to play through, Parappa vets will get through the whole shooting match in less than an hour.
Whether that analysis is conducted at the end of our days or the end of the whole shooting match is not the point.
Head barman Andy Smith runs the whole shooting match with a friendly, efficient team helping out behind the bar and chef Madga Szpilczunska in charge of the kitchen.
That's more important than players, managers, directors, the whole shooting match.
The trophy is a perpetual marksmanship trophy that goes to winners of a community shooting match organized by a Marine veterans organization, the Marine Corps League Antelope Valley Detachment 930.
Any awkward prose is easily offset by Doyle's many insightful comments, such as her claim that the "creation of Miss Jane might be said to have begun in a certain primordial chaos of authorial imagination and experience" or her assertion, in discussing A Gathering of Old Men, that "black and white men are in a level shooting match in the dark; the alternation of racial narrators works like an exchange of shots.
Mike left me to shoot both squads; I would have just as happily passed and let him run the whole shooting match, but I sensed that this would disappoint Remy so I did my best.
Cricket's authorities have played 'Pass the Parcel' with the whole sorry shooting match.
Last week there was a local shooting match for charity, and Jacob won everything.