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

Examples of shebang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, there’s a certain-to-be-topical AI Town Hall starting at noon March 6 before the whole film shebang begins. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 5 Mar. 2024 Beside all the food stations, multiple bars and music, Pegasus can always be counted on to host a huge concert at the end of the shebang with big name talent. Madeleine Marr, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024 Not this year, due to the strike that almost torpedoed the whole darn shebang. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 11 June 2023 The FoLAR shebang offers seven site opps across the city, with volunteer locations on the Upper, Middle and Lower River on each day. Dakota Kim, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2023 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

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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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“Shebang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shebang. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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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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