the whole nine yards

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jan 2 12:24:15 UTC 2001

At 7:48 PM -0500 1/2/01, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
>>What nine yards (in football)?
>dInIs (a former blocking back)
>>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).
Well, with inflation, it's up to ten yards (in football).

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