I ain't fit to run this shebang, so we need you, and need you bad.
Nothin'll be too good for this shebang and us if we get that agreement back.
They make stump speeches and talk about the open door, but they don't know enough to shut the door when the shebang's full.
She runs the shebang, and there's two of her sons by her first husband in it.
Our fish dealer friend asked some questions, and found out the shebang wa'n't a real stock dealer's at all.
"I say, there are no secrets in this shebang," he said smiling.
My pal and me can run this shebang, and just take my word for it, we mean to do the same.
So the few lines that has gone from this shebang has been writ by yours truly.
Yet the rays of the afternoon sun rested with undiminished radiance on the empty pork-barrel in front of McMullin's shebang.
He wants a live young man to take aholt with his ranch, and a live young woman to run the shebang.
1862, "hut, shed, shelter," popularized among soldiers in the U.S. Civil War, but like other Civil War slang (e.g. skedaddle) of uncertain origin. Perhaps an alteration of shebeen (q.v.), but shebang in the sense "tavern," a seemingly necessary transitional sense, is not attested before 1878 and shebeen seems to have been not much used in the U.S. Bartlett's 1877 edition describes it as "A strange word that had its origin during the late civil war. It is applied alike to a room, a shop, or a hut, a tent, a cabin; an engine house." Phrase the whole shebang first recorded 1869, but relation to the earlier use of the word is obscure. Either or both senses also might be mangled pronunciations of French char-à-banc, a bus-like wagon with many seats. For an older guess:
[Shebang] used even yet by students of Yale College and elsewhere to designate their rooms, or a theatrical or other performance in a public hall, has its origin probably in a corruption of the French cabane, a hut, familiar to the troops that came from Louisiana, and constantly used in the Confederate camp for the simple huts, which they built with such alacrity and skill for their winter quarters. The constant intercourse between the outposts soon made the term familiar to the Federal army also. ["Americanisms: The English of the New World," Maximillian Schele De Vere, New York, Charles Scribner & Co., 1872.]
(Or "shebang line", "bang path") /sh*-bang'/ (From "sharp" and "bang") The magic cookie "#!" used in Unix to mark the start of a script, e.g. a shell script or Perl script.
Under Unix, if the first two bytes of an executable file are "#!", the kernel treats the file as a script rather than a machine code program. The word following the "!" (i.e., everything up to the first whitespace) is used as the pathname of the interpreter. For example, if the first line of an executable is
the script will be treated as a Perl script and passed as an argument to /usr/local/bin/perl to be interpreted. Some variants of Unix also allow one or more parameters to be passed to the interpreter, for example, you can write
and the script will be started as if you typed
on the command line. Also, most modern kernels ignore any whitespace between the "!" and the interpreter pathname. Even some modern kernels have fairly small limits (e.g. 32) on the length of line they will accept, making long pathnames and arguments somewhat unportable.
[Does anyone call this a "magic string"?]