shebang

noun

she·​bang shi-ˈbaŋ How to pronounce shebang (audio)
: everything involved in what is under consideration
usually used in the phrase the whole shebang

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Like it or not, that’s the way a big chunk of this whole shebang may be going. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2020 Superintendent Marty Pollio said traditional ceremonies could happen as late as next year and will include the whole shebang: crossing the stage, diplomas and guests. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, 6 May 2020 The whole shebang is dishwasher safe, microwave-friendly, and BPA-free. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 7 Apr. 2020 The whole socially distanced shebang kicks off at noon Saturday and again on Sunday. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2020 Who amongst us hasn't spent a dangerous amount of time of late contemplating a DIY hair transformation, whether that's cutting new bangs, dabbling in hair dye, or just buzzing the whole shebang off? Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 21 Apr. 2020 The whole shebang—five bits and handle—stores in a neat little wallet. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, 18 Mar. 2020 That’s what the whole shebang — the monumental, entirely last-minute vision of the show for the street, the rickety execution, the screaming crowds, the editors rolling their eyes but still attuned to his every word — was about. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2020 And, just like last year, the big shebang will happen without a host. oregonlive, 7 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

origin unknown

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shebang was in 1869

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Cite this Entry

“Shebang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shebang. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

shebang

noun
she·​bang shi-ˈbaŋ How to pronounce shebang (audio)
: everything involved that is under consideration
usually used in the phrase the whole shebang
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