‘The whole nine yards’

We commonly use the expression “the whole nine yards” to mean absolutely everything. The origin of this expression stems from the military. As Alan Axelrod writes,

The length of a complete standard .50-mm machine gun ammo belt: twenty-seven feet.
To feed the gunner the entire belt was to give him (or the enemy target) “the whole nine yards”; hence the popular expression for giving, getting, or doing absolutely everything.

from – Alan Axelrod, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: the Real Language of the Modern American Military. New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2013, p. 205.

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Plot Clichés – Beautiful, Long Tresses & Men’s Ties

Women who are leading characters in films and on TV appear with the long hairstyles of the 2000s even when it’s not practical.

We see excellently trained women, and special operatives, fight hand-to-hand combat and wear their hair in long, flowing tresses, but no opponent yanks them around by the hair.

In the same vein, women detectives with long hair – It’s not safe, practical, etc.

In addition, medical examiners and female detectives examine dead bodies and crime scenes but never consider that they might soil their hair or contaminate the scene.

The above also applies to men’s ties.

Wardrobe folks: Have the men tuck their ties between the buttons of their shirts. Thanks.