An example of shebang is someone paying for the entire check for a large group dinner; paying for the whole shebang.
Organized and ran the whole shebang.
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Origin of shebang
- Origin unknown
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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".
- Modern sense "the whole shebang", origin unknown but meaning "all of the parts" of what is being referred to. Take our Word]</ref>