BRAIN FOOD: Words-worth - The whole nine yards

BRAIN FOOD: Words-worth - The whole nine yards - Every day, business people commit to going 'the whole nine yards'. But this US expression - equivalent to 'the whole hog' - has no literal meaning. Some say it refers to American football, but there 10 yard

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Every day, business people commit to going 'the whole nine yards'. But this US expression - equivalent to 'the whole hog' - has no literal meaning. Some say it refers to American football, but there 10 yards is the critical distance. It may be the length of kilt cloth or the human intestines, number of spars on a sailing ship or volume of a rich man's grave. Some say there are nine yards of cloth in a turban, but that's a turban myth.

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