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759807.  Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:00 pm Reply with quote

The full nine yards is from the first world war.Its the belt size on a maxine machine gun.When a belt off rounds are expelled it is said that(you gave them the full nine yards)

759809.  Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:07 pm Reply with quote

Welcome, gfred. Do you have any evidence for that? We love evidence around here.

There's a pretty good thread on the subject which begins at post 142455. It suggests that your explanation doesn't really wash - but there may well be more to say on the subject for all I know.

759836.  Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:05 am Reply with quote

the whole nine yards was mentioned on a gun show on the discover channel by a major general retired whowas in the fauklands war.It may well be a way off saying let them have it

759839.  Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:42 am Reply with quote

Considering the first citation for 'the whole nine yards' is from the 1960s, how would you explain the large gap between the apparent source (World War One) and the first use of the phrase?

759884.  Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:47 am Reply with quote

The timing of the 'first use' in 1960s would suggest the Vietnam conflict as the source, probably from the use of helicopter and fixed wing gunships firing machine guns at a ground target, the guns being fed by a very long ammunition belt, much longer than that carried by men on the ground.


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