another 1964 "the whole nine yards"?

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Mon Jul 25 09:33:56 UTC 2011

Previously, Sam Clements found a syndicated newspaper article about NASA slang by Stephen Trumbull (sometimes misspelled Trumbell} published on various April 1964 dates. It includes: "'Give 'em the whole nine yards' means an item-by-item report on any project." (The earliest known published idiomatic use of "the whole nine yards" is from 1962.)

Currently, Google Books returns for the search "the whole nine yards"--but not for the search "give * the whole nine yards"--a 1964 book, given here in its WorldCat listing:
Aerospace pilot /
Charles Ira Coombs
English Book Book : Juvenile audience 224 p. : ill., photos ; 22 cm.
New York : Morrow,

I have entered an interlibrary loan request, but if anyone else cares to look it up (WorldCat lists 122 libraries),
feel free.

Stephen Goranson

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