the whole shebang


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the whole shebang

The entirety of something, including all things related to it. While I'm in Europe, I want to go to Paris, London, the whole shebang.
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whole shebang

everything; the whole thing. Mary's all set to give a fancy dinner party. She's got a fine tablecloth, good crystal, and silverware, the whole shebang. How much do you want for the whole shebang?
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whole shebang

Also, whole shooting match. See whole ball of wax.
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the whole shebang

INFORMAL
The whole shebang is every part of something. It was while at the Mad House that Nancy met the man in charge of the whole shebang, Colonel Maurice Buckmaster. You get to dress up: bow tie, fancy shirt, tails, the whole shebang.
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the ˌwhole sheˈbang

(informal) the whole thing; everything: It’s not just a computer we need. We’re going to have to get a printer, a scanner, a CD-writer, the whole shebang.
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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.
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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.