The Whole Nine Yards

Though most phrases are often thought of as antiquated this phrase wasn’t actually seen in print until the early 1960’s. There are a few competing theories as to its origins but perhaps the most plausible comes from WWII. During pre-flight preparations combat planes would be outfitted with munitions. In particular, 0.50 caliber ammo came in belts and would be fed into the machine gun of the plane -a full load measuring 27 feet or 9 yards. If a gunner unloaded all his ammunition he would have given the enemy the “whole nine yards”

WW II Fighter plane

WW II Fighter plane

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