An example of shebang is someone paying for the entire check for a large group dinner; paying for the whole shebang.
- a shack or hut
- Informal an affair, business, contrivance, thing, etc.chiefly in the whole shebang
Origin of shebangprobably variant, variety of shebeen
Origin of shebangOrigin unknown
First seen in 1862 meaning a “temporary shelter". For instance in the US Civil War (1860-65), the small self-constructed shelters made by Union soldiers in the Confederate Prisoner-of-War camp at Andersonsville, south of Atlanta, Georgia, were known as "Shebangs".
The usage as “temporary shelter" perhaps from shebeen (“cabin where unlicensed liquor is sold and drunk"), pre-1800, chiefly in Ireland and Scotland, from Irish seibin (“small mug"), diminutive of seibe (“mug, bottle, liquid measure")
Modern sense "the whole shebang", origin unknown but meaning "all of the parts" of what is being referred to. Take our Word]</ref>