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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 15th December 2017
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shebang (noun) shi-BANG

Situation, event, affair, matter, particular thing.

If you decide to scrap this policy on banning GM organisms from your foodstuffs, will you then spend as much money on the advertising of that new policy as you did on the shebang with the media and your customers when you originally went GM free?

Mr Marsden, Commons Select Committee on Agriculture, 14 December 1999. Commons SAC

Like capes for women, men's cardigans were once, to be blunt, unacceptable, possibly even illegal. The kind of shebang associated with a teeth-grittingly tolerated relative who comes to stay for Christmas and hogs the telly and makes you watch the Queen's whingey speech when Shrek 2 is on.

Hadley Freeman, The Guardian, 27 March 2006. Guardian

Almost two weeks before The New York Times published its scoop about our government's extralegal wiretapping, the cable network Showtime blew the whole top-secret shebang.
Frank Rich, The New York Times, 8 January 2006. New York Times

The last acts of these things - other events included a dinner Saturday at the State Department and a White House reception yesterday afternoon - are always such a shebang, such a to-do, let's just start there, shall we?

Monica Hesse, The Washington Post, 3 December 2007. Washington Post

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