more early "nine yards"
Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Sat Oct 22 06:19:10 UTC 2005
When hunting for "whole nine yards", the search engine for the archives of "Leatherneck" returns:
"Okinawa" Tom Bartlett; Leatherneck (pre-1998); Apr 1974; Vol. 57, Iss. 4; pg. 16, 6
I'm too cheap to buy the article ($4) and get the full citation, but it is early in the popularization of the phrase, and it (again) is in a military source.
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