[ shuh-bang ]
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  1. Informal. the structure of something, as of an organization, contrivance, or affair: The whole shebang fell apart when the chairman quit.

  2. a primitive dwelling; shack; shanty.

Origin of shebang

1860–65, Americanism; origin uncertain (perhaps alteration of char-à-banc, though sense shift unclear; shebeen, often cited as the source, is implausible both phonetically and semantically)

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British Dictionary definitions for shebang


/ (ʃɪˈbæŋ) /

  1. a situation, matter, or affair (esp in the phrase the whole shebang)

  2. a hut or shack

Origin of shebang

C19: of uncertain origin

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