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Phrase equivalent to "Everything that is available." Has nothing to do with football. In fact, the phrase comes from the fact that fighter planes are equipped with belt-fed machine guns. When the belts are laid out before loading, they measure nine yards in length. If a pilot were to empty his plane's guns into a target, he'd be giving it the "whole nine yards."
I bought the TV, the home theater system... The whole nine yards.
by Angel Panties December 16, 2003
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When someone goes to the gym and spends 90% of the time on their phones scrolling through social media
Looks like its thumb day again for Jimmy with his usual routing... 3 sets of 5 snapchat selfies and 10 sets of scrolling through facebook until exhaustion
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The length of a belt of machine-gun ammuition used in some WWII fighter plains
by Archerr December 27, 2003
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Does not come from military or football. It relates to the clothing industry. It is a term that tailors have used since the 1900's for denoting the extent that one wishes to invest in a custom-made suit. It takes exactly nine square yards of material to create a man's three-piece suit. If an individual desires a suit that is tailored to the "hilt" (double lined, etc.), he would request that the tailor should proceed with "the whole nine yards." Anything shy of nine yards would mean various alterations. This would lessen the overall quality of the suit.
by Joel Johnson November 14, 2006
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Used since the 18th century to describe a ship.
'Ship' is a pretty homogenous term these days, but back then, to describe a vessel as a 'true' ship, it had to have 3 masts (fore, main, and mizzen) and on each of these were 3 sails (main, top, and topgallant) suspended from horizontal 'yards'. To handle so many sails, a fairly large crew is required. Warships carried much, much larger crews than merchantmen, and so it was only warships and the large, prestigeous merchant ships such as East Indiamen that could be described as having 'the whole (or full) nine yards'.
"There; hull-down and fine off the starboard bow. She's a warship alright; the whole nine yards"
by Bluetyphoon August 06, 2004
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This is not about the airforce, football or even the clothing industry; The Whole Nine Yards refers to the amount of conrete that was in the original concrete trucks (9 cubic yards).
Concrete Company "How much do you need for the sidewalk?"

Contractor- "The whole nine yards."
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The actual origin of the phrase "the whole nine yards" originates from late 19th century explosive mining methods, where a "whole nine yards" of safety fuse would be used(The maximum length that could be reliably used without burning out before igniting the dynamite) in the case of a huge detonation, hence longer fuses give you more time to get the fuck out of there.
Miner 1: How much did you plant???
Miner 2: The whole nine yards
*second impact*
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