American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang A situation, organization, contrivance, or set of facts or things: organized and ran the whole shebang.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shanty; place; “concern”: as, who lives in this shebang ? he threatened to clean out the whole shebang.
- n. Any matter of present concern; thing; or business.
- n. archaic A lean-to or temporary shelter.
- n. computing The character string "#!" used at the beginning of a computer file to indicate which interpreter can process the commands in the file, chiefly used in Unix and related operating systems.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Slang, U.S. A jocosely depreciative name for a dwelling or shop; a primitive dwelling; a shanty.
- n. informal The structure of an object, process, organization, or anything viewed as complicated; -- used primarily in the phrase the whole
- n. (computers) The character sequence #!, which frequently begins shell scripts in a Unix system.
- n. an entire system; used in the phrase `the whole shebang'
- hash + bang or sharp + bang, after Etymology 1. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Overseeing the whole shebang is Big Chief Random Chaos, possibly not the most suitable candidate for a position requiring organisational skills, but the in-house hosts will be on hand to mop up any spillages.”
“Again, in my world, a higher chance of winning the whole shebang is what equals “better”.”
“Instead of working all flowers and candy, however, the whole shebang is lost with over 4000 pointless US dead and hundreds of thousands pointlessly dead Iraqis and Afghanis.”
“The whole shebang is directed by Tim Russ (Tuvok from Voyager), who also recreates his role in the film as well.”
“But, on the subject of Kate Thornton, does anyone else get the feeling that this whole 'Kate Sacked From X Factor' shebang is just a lazy publicity-grabber, the same as all the judge-fights were on the last couple of X Factor seasons?”
“And the whole shebang is controlled by a special secret control room housed in a giant statue!”
“So I won't dismiss Palahniuk's new book -- a "novel" consisting of 23 "short stories" linked by "poems," a thin "narrative," and the conceit that this whole shebang is the work of the flesh - and fame-starved prisoners at a ghoulish writers 'colony -- as mere crap.”
“I've come to accept that the delegates are props, the platforms are propaganda and the whole shebang is essentially a political infomercial that just goes on and on and on.”
“Then the whole shebang is topped with homemade candied pecans.”
“Yet there were people who called the tavern a "shebang" -- slander as it was against Suzon”
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