she·​bang | \ shi-ˈbaŋ How to pronounce shebang (audio) \

Definition of shebang

: everything involved in what is under consideration usually used in the phrase the whole shebang

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When the country was made by the guys back then and the Constitution and the whole bit, that shebang, with the Bill of Rights, which was a very good document, really a superb . . Rob Long, National Review, "Sound: Coughing," 20 June 2019 Influencers and celebrities started canceling their participation; the international community moved to distance itself; and the whole shebang was finally called off amid news of Chinese consumers posting videos of themselves burning their Dolces. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "The Resurrection of Dolce & Gabbana," 12 June 2019 A year after Oregon State won the whole shebang, there won’t be a Pac-12 representative at the College World Series when the proceedings get underway on Saturday in Omaha., "Down, down goes the Pac-12; OSU Beavers, Oregon Ducks look to next year: Diamonds & Dust," 10 June 2019 Of course, the entire shebang must be covered with turkey gravy. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Turkey Sandwiches For All Those Thanksgiving Leftovers," 23 Nov. 2018 Cameras and lenses This is the most expensive and contentious part of the whole shebang. Brent Rose, The Verge, "How to build a camera kit for adventure photography," 20 Nov. 2018 My family’s bikes live in my living room, because my husband has had every part of his bike (as well as the whole shebang) stolen off the street in his youth. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Let’s organize the city outside our front door with as much care as we do our homes," 30 Aug. 2018 From the Boston Pops’ annual July Fourth shebang to the Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s weeks of Hatch Shell concerts, the Charles River Esplanade has long been a summer destination for music in the city’s front yard. Zoë Madonna,, "A new free music series is coming to the Esplanade," 30 May 2018 To be honest, the hardest part of the whole shebang was walking to and from the grocery store to get nuts—seriously. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Make Any Kind of Nut Milk," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of shebang

1869, in the meaning defined above

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