The whole shebang

September 14, 2016

shebang

We know in common use it means all, or everything; especially everything under consideration;  but where did this term come from?

 

There are numerous derivations but perhaps the most likely is that a shebang was a public hire vehicle (carriage) often with bench seats. The poor would rent a seat, families perhaps a whole bench and the rich might rent the whole carriage………….. or “the whole shebang”. And thus first used it may have been to describe wealth, he could afford “the whole shebang”.

 

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