The whole shooting match [1880]

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Mon Oct 7 14:04:01 UTC 2013

Among Whole Nine Yards, Whole Shooting Match, and Whole Ball of Wax,
you've covered the whole shebang.

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> Sorry, I've probably just missed earlier posts (or discussions
> elsewhere) devoted to early examples of "the whole shooting match,"
> but here are at least a few that predate that offered by the OED
> (1896).  I'm assuming that the 1880 usage isn't just a case of "the
> whole shooting match" = fireworks display (in the sense that fireworks
> are shot), but I could be wrong about that.  In any event, I at least
> feel that the 1882 usage as an indicator of an idiom is pretty solid.
> -- Bonnie
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> The reservoir is recommended as the boss place to have the display of
> fire works on the 4th of July.  The level of the ground there is
> two feet higher than the "down town" part of the city, and parties
> could sit right at their south windows and take in the whole shooting
> match.  [From "Happenings," The Daily News (Fort Wayne, Indiana), 18
> May 1880, p. 1, col. 4, via]
> If when everything goes wrong and you are tempted to sell out the
> "shooting match," it is time nature was assisted, and you will find no
> better invigorator than the renowned Pacific Liver Pills.
> Even the name signifies calm, hence they calm all troubles that the
> human flesh is heir to.  [Logansport (Indiana) Daily Journal, 29
> December 1881, p. 9, col. 3, via  This
> advertisement was published in a lot of newspapers in the 1880s.]
> The elections last Tuesday indicate that the people are as tired of
> republican party as they are of the bosses.  The whole shooting match
> must go.  [The Fort Wayne (Indiana) Daily Sentinel, 13 November 1882,
> p. 2, col. 2, via]
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