[Ads-l] "Full Nine Yards" from 1894

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 9 21:15:26 UTC 2015

On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 4:20 PM, Baker, John <JBAKER at stradley.com> wrote:

> this does not appear to be a literal use of "nine yards."


Besides, that this may be a possible *literal* use is far more interesting
than yet another early instance of the derived use, wouldn't you say?
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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