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The whole nine yards

Posted by JGF on November 30, 2002

In Reply to: The whole nine yards posted by Gary on November 22, 2002

Don't know how old the phrase is, but I've heard it since my childhood in late fifties/early sixties. I was told it referred to the amount of dirt or gravel carried by the average dump truck; a work order to empty the entire cargo would be to dump 'the Whole nine yards'.