the whole nine yards

Drew Danielson drew.danielson at CMU.EDU
Tue Jan 2 23:40:31 UTC 2001

Any chance that "the whole nine yards" came out of American football
jargon?  Just speculation, but it's been my impression since I was a kid
that the phrase is somehow related to football (maybe cos my family was
big into football).

OK, I read the WSJ article and thought I'd put in my 2ยข, Barry.

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