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whole shebang

Also, whole shooting match . See whole ball of wax
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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  • I'm thinking this whole shebang is a big, thievin' fake—and I've always thought so.

    The Straw Eugene O'Neill
  • I'm going to haul the whole shebang down like Samson in the Temple.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • The whole shebang will go to pieces and the boys will be killed.

    Boy Scouts in the Northwest G. Harvey Ralphson
  • Perhaps Mr. John Temple, head of the whole shebang, would have approved this—under the circumstances.

    Tom Slade at Black Lake Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • That's always the way with me if I go into anything, pretty soon I'm running the whole shebang; I dunno why it is.

    Seventeen Booth Tarkington
  • Then t'other float bobbed up and the whole shebang, car and all, drifted out and down the channel.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Why, the whole shebang wa'n't worth more than two dollars, to buy.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln

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