1. a vehicle.
|Innocents at Home 326: I want this shebang [i.e. an omnibus] all day.|
|Houndsditch Day by Day 198: In a four-wheeled fever-box you must take your beaver on your knees or get it hopelessly ruffled against the roof of the old shebang.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 31 Mar. in N.Y. Criterion Red Page/2: He clambered over the seats to the front platform. ‘Here, let me run this old shebang,’ said he. ‘I won’t kill nobody.’.|
2. (US) a house, a home, a dwelling place, a shop.
|Eye of the Storm 26/27 Nov. 147: The Sanitary Commission camp at a half demolished house known as ‘The Shebang’.|
|Sketches in Prison Camps 149: A Captain in my regiment came up, and after the usual greetings invited me into his ‘shebang’.|
|Great West and Pacific Coast 72: His slang – half Mexican, half miner-is everywhere the language of the masses. A ‘square’ meal is his usual phrase for a full or first-rate one. A ‘shebang’ means any structure, from a hotel to a shanty.|
|Interior Jrnl (Stanford, KY) 30 Dec. 4/1: The three of us sat in a shebang in the prison stockade [...] shebang was the prison word for a dwelling constructed in this way.|
|Good Humor 178: Patsy sets this bloke in his shebang a sending along the old stuff.‘Justice in a Quandary’ in|
|‘Mr. Scroper, Architect’ in Songs of the Sea 189: For last night we had a tempest,-while the mighty thunder rang, / Up there came a real guster, which blew down the whole shebang. / (Shebang’s a word from Hebrew, meanin’ Seven, sayeth Krupp, / And applied to any shanty where they play at seven-up.).|
|Peck’s Bad Boy Abroad 20: Why don’t you clean out this shebang; and put in a new stock of goods.|
|Valley of the Moon (1914) 515: An’ if you charge me board, I’ll charge you interest for the money I’ve stuck into this shebang.|
|Georgie May 194: Ah couldn’t nevah go back [...] that rube shebang would drive me loony.|
|Tropic of Capricorn (1964) 257: I insisted that it be there in the midmost midst of the shebang.|
|Pulps (1970) 117/2: Dave slammed to a halt in front of Lanya Kensington’s modest shebang.‘Death’s Passport’ in Goodstone|
|Texas by the Tail (1994) 177: She’s got people running the shebang [i.e. a business] for her.|
3. (orig. US ) a saloon, a bar.
|Annual Report US Dept. Interior 567: Along all the roads on the reservation to all the mines, at the crossing of every stream or fresh-water spring, and near the principal Indian villages, an inn or "shebang" is established, ostensibly for the entertainment of travellers, but almost universally used as a den for supplying liquor to Indians.|
|E.C.B. Susan Jane 19: Old Jimmy ye know, / That keeps the ‘Shebang’ on the corner below.|
|Wolfville 249: My last requests, the same bein’ addressed to the barkeep, personal, is to set every bottle of bug-juice in the shebang on the bar.|
|On the Anzac Trail 77: Shebangs where they sell you whisky that takes the lining of your throat down with it, and lifts your stomach up to the roof of your skull.|
|Shanties from the Seven Seas 595: Shebang. Irish name for a shack where illicit whisky (potheen) was distilled; any sort of low ‘dive’.|
4. (US) a thing, an object.
|Innocents at Home 334: We’ve got a shebang [i.e. a lectern] fixed up for you to stand behind.|
|DN III:v 368: shebang, n. A contrivance, a thing of any kind.‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in|
5. an event.
|Blazed Trail 126: I took her to a dance one night, / A mossback gave the bidding– / Silver Jack bossed the shebang, / And Big Dan played the fiddle.|
|Barker I ii: I won’t have it – not while I’m running this shebang!|
|Action Stories Mar.–Apr. [Internet] You boys ride into town and tell the folks that the shebangs starts soon.‘Mountain Man’|
|Buckaroo’s Code (1948) 54: We ain’t running this shebang.|
|Battle Cry (1964) 395: I don’t like the smell of this whole shebang.|
|Big Rumble 89: He saw the entire she-bang as one big dance with everyone invited and getting along fine together.|
|Guardian Guide 19–25 June 31: The whole shebang is being broadcast live.|
|Dead Long Enough 97: No one wants to blow the whistle on the whole shebang and shaggery.|
6. (US Und.) a criminal rendezvous.
|DAUL 190/2: Shebang. 1. A saloon, poolroom, or brothel, as a rendezvous of thieves.et al.|
7. (UK/US Und.) a prison cell.
|DAUL 190/2: Shebang. [...] 2. (Contemptuous) A jail, reformatory, or prison; (rare) a cell.et al.|
8. see shebeen n.