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The meaning of "the whole nine yards"

" The whole nine yards "
Meaning:
The full entirety of something.
Example:
The allies went full-on in the attack on Baghdad - bombs, missiles, the whole nine yards.
Where did it originate?:
The origin is unknown (and is probably the most sought after origin in all of etymology). Either USA or UK, early in the 20th century.
Where is it used?:
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