whole shebang n.
1. absolutely everything.
|Sea Drift 64: But it floated bravely – bravely enough, as Evan, [...] assured her, ‘to take the whole shebang at once’, only Morgan refused to let the trial be made.|
|Wolfville 134: The whole shebang puttin’ on more dog than a Mexican officer of revenoo.|
|DN III:v 368: shebang, n. [...] often in the expression ‘the whole shebang.’.‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in|
|Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (1926) 320: Dere’s a smart guy fer you, fellers; owns de whole Keystone shebang.|
|Boy’s Own Paper XL:4 217: Th’ owld man towld um to lave hands off an’ they’d divide the whole shebang afther th’ dance.|
|Ulysses 357: Then if one thing stopped the whole ghesabo would stop bit by bit.|
|Hustling Hobo 112: The whole darned shebang was rotten with clap and syphilis, and lousy with whores and tin-horn gamblers.|
|AS VII:5 336: shebang — the entire lot; a collection of anything.‘Johns Hopkins Jargon’ in|
|Tramp-Royal on the Toby 219: I’ve got the whole shebang guessing.|
|Seraph on the Suwanee (1995) 908: Let’s heave the whole she-bang over the side and let the little bastards drown!|
|Gun in My Hand 206: I’m sick of this joint. Sick of the whole shebang.|
|Reinhart in Love (1963) 106: You can’t light a match but what the whole shebang would go up.|
|Buttons 102: It was decided to try to rent a Motel and the whole shebang that goes with it.|
|(con. 1940s) Tell Me, Sean O’Farrell 78: The whole shebang of them arrived in England and had a right cosher (good evening’s feasting).|
|Golden Orange (1991) 339: Releasing the pushers was more lucrative than booking the whole shebang.|
|Skinny Dip 211: The goddam whole shebang was in danger of falling apart.|
|Wire ser. 5 ep. 4 [TV script] And that was just a love-tap. think what would have happened if we’d hit the good senator with the whole shebang.‘Transitions’|
|Thrill City [ebook] Five hundred if you want the whole lezzo shebang.|
|Killing Pool 1: Mere weeks from the long goodbye and the whole shebang blows up in my face.|
|Crongton Knights 48: ‘I don’t just wanna be a chef — I wanna own the whole damn shebang’.|
2. of a person, the best, the ultimate.
|Way West 111: ‘One man isn’t a train.’ ‘I didn’t figure you knew that.’ ‘What do you mean?’ ‘Ain’t you the whole shebang?’.|