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Where did the phrase 'the whole 9 yards' come from and why?

Asked by nargis bhambi, 06 Sep '08 08:25 pm
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One of the most common explanations is that it dates from the Second World War, where "nine yards" was the length of an aircraft machine-gun ammunition belt, and to "go the full nine yards" was to use it up entirely.
Answered by rocky robust, 06 Sep '08 09:17 pm

 
  
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One of the most common explanations is that it dates from the Second World War, where "nine yards" was the length of an aircraft machine-gun ammunition belt, and to "go the full nine yards" was to use it up entirely. Machine gun belts were 27 feet long. The expression has been reliably dated back only to early 1964, in U.S. Space Program slang.
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Answered by Anil K Chugh, 07 Sep '08 07:14 pm

 
  
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The whole nine yards
Meaning

All of it - full measure.

Origin

Of all the feedback that The Phrase Finder site gets this is the phrase that is asked about the most often. At the outset it should be said that no one is 100% sure of the origin, although many have a fervent belief that they do. These convictions are unfailingly based on no more evidence than 'someone told me'.

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Everything that is relevant; the whole thing. For example, He decided to take everything to college--his books, his stereo, his computer, his skis, the whole nine yards. The source of this expression is not known, but there are several possibilities: the amount of cloth required to make a complete suit of clothes; the fully set sails of a three-masted ship where each mast carries three yards, that is, spars, to support the sails; or the amount of cement (in cubic yards) contained in a cement mixer for a big construction job. [Colloquial] ...more
Answered by DRSiva, 07 Sep '08 12:18 pm

 
  
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Donno whr it came frm... but the top-hep kinda suits were made uf nine yards of material... tht iz bck thn... thtz whr it came frm... peace!!!
Answered by hellz angel, 06 Sep '08 08:33 pm

 
  
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From our old and lengthy 9 yards Saree, (the size of which has diminished to roughly about 6 yards now)
It draped an Indian woman in all respects and looked gorgeous too around the world.
Answered by John Mascarenhas, 06 Sep '08 08:28 pm

 
  
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