Shebang definition

shə-băng
Shebang is slang for a situation, or a set of facts or things.

An example of shebang is someone paying for the entire check for a large group dinner; paying for the whole shebang.

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A situation, organization, contrivance, or set of facts or things.

Organized and ran the whole shebang.

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A shack or hut.
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Any matter of present concern; thing; or business.
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(archaic) A lean-to or temporary shelter.
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(informal) An affair, business, contrivance, thing, etc.
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(computing) The character string "#!" used at the beginning of a computer file to indicate which interpreter can process the commands in the file, chiefly used in Unix and related operating systems.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shebang
Plural:
shebangs

Origin of shebang

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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")

    From Wiktionary

  • 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".

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  • Modern sense "the whole shebang", origin unknown but meaning "all of the parts" of what is being referred to. Take our Word]</ref>

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  • hash +"Ž bang or sharp +"Ž bang, after Etymology 1.

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