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CHECK OUT MEANINIG OF WHOLE NINE YARDS
« on: January 31, 2008, 05:23:02 PM »
IN VIET NAM AIR FORCE PILOTS  8) COINED AS USING ALL THE 50 CAL MACHINE GUN BELTS UP  :clap: AS THEY WHERE 27 FT LONG  :) ALSO SAILORS IT WAS TO BE LETTING OUT ALL THE SAIL  :-* RJSTACT    COULD BE THE AMOUNT OF CLOTH TO MAKE SCOTMAN,S KILT  TOO  O0
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According to a recent program 'Weapons at war' on the
history channel, "The whole nine yards" refers to the
length of a Browning .50 cal. machine gun ammunition
belt, as fitted to many WW2 bombers and several types
of tanks operating in both the European and Pacific
theaters. Giving the enemy 'the full nine yards' refers
to all the ammo contained in the ammo box fitted to the
left side of these weapons. The film star Audie Murphy
used one of these weapons to win a Cong.Med. of Honor
in the European theater! Perhaps someone could ask him?

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Re: CHECK OUT MEANINIG OF WHOLE NINE YARDS
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2008, 07:55:17 PM »
You are right :freddie: but I saw the show on the History Channel and the phrase was first coined in WWII. This is from Wikipeda.
 One of the most common explanations is that it dates from the Second World War, where "nine yards" was the length of an aircraft machine-gun ammunition belt, and to "go the full nine yards" was to use it up entirely. However, machine-gun ammunition belts were not nine yards long, and the expression has been reliably dated back only to early 1964, in U.S. Space Program slang. It was also apparently popular among Air Force personnel in Vietnam. By November 1967 it was recorded in use in the U.S. Army, likewise from Vietnam, and by mid-1969 was appearing in newspaper advertisements in the United States.
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