shebang

[ shuh-bang ]
/ ʃəˈbæŋ /

noun

Informal. the structure of something, as of an organization, contrivance, or affair: The whole shebang fell apart when the chairman quit.
a primitive dwelling; shack; shanty.

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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

shebang
/ (ʃɪˈbæŋ) /

noun slang

a situation, matter, or affair (esp in the phrase the whole shebang)
a hut or shack

Word Origin for shebang

C19: of uncertain origin
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