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whole shooting match, the

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whole shooting match, the

noun phrase

The totality; everything; the whole thing; the WHOLE SCHMEAR

whole shooting match, the

noun phrase

The totality; everything; the whole thing; the WHOLE SCHMEAR

[1896+; probably fr the crowd that would gather at a frontier shooting match, hence, ''the whole crowd''; perhaps influenced by earlier British the whole shoot of the same meaning, fr the whole shot, ''the whole cost or price''; noted in 1900 as a favorite expression of children]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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