Posted by Bob on June 22, 2005
In Reply to: W9Y posted by joe on June 22, 2005
: Not a question, but a suggestion- you should add "the whole nine yards" to the index- It's from WWII when a pilot would shoot at something and use up the whole ammo belt in the machine gun. A belt of preloaded shells was 9 yards long (approx.) Thus when you really tear into something you are giving it "the whole 9 yards".
What a novel idea! Thanks for sharing. By the way, Joe, read this: www.phrases.org.uk meanings 411150.html