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the whole shebang

the whole shebang

Date: Aug 16 2018

Themes: Alternative, Celebrity, Health, Pop Culture


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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The whole shebang. All the help you can get.”

—Actress Dakota Johnson, speaking about going to therapy as a child (Vogue)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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everything; all of it

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Are you a person who does things by half, or are you someone who wants to do everything? For example, if you went to Hollywood, would you be content to see the sights, or would you try to get into a star-studded party and meet your favorite actors and actresses? If you buy a car, do you just want a way to get around town, or do you want all the newest technology? Some of us are content with a little bit, but other people want the whole shebang.

The whole shebang is an expression that means everything. If you order a hamburger with the whole shebang, it will come with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onion, pickles, and all the sauces. If you do the whole shebang for a party, you might go out to dinner, and go to a club, and go shopping, and stay in a hotel… and so on!

Actress Dakota Johnson had a difficult childhood. Her family moved around a lot, and she did not get to make many friends. Her parents tried the whole shebang to make her feel happy, including putting her in therapy. However, today, she is doing well and feeling great!

When do you like to do the whole shebang?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“For Valentine’s Day, I got my boyfriend flowers, candy, jewelry, the whole shebang.”

“On our vacation to Paris, we did the whole shebang. We went on a tour of the city, ate a lot of delicious food, went shopping, and danced at the clubs.”

“My sister didn’t just go to college… she did the whole shebang. She has a PhD now!”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

Dizelman everything and everyone
by DizelmanSuper Member!
GWTA All that is possible
by GWTASuper Member!
Manu4 Something huge
by Manu4
a2020 Everything.
by a2020
julito1 the whole thing
by julito1
Everything involved in what is under consideration
by NinaTong90

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It’s very interesting, whole shebang has this meaning. no idea who made this phrase.

08:30 AM Aug 24 2018 |




So when I order a burger at my favorite burger place, i could ask the waiter if the burger comes with the whole shebang?? meaning fries, coke, ketchup, relish, etc?

03:33 PM Aug 20 2018 |



  when i was young i would like to do the whole shebang, such as sports, musical instruments, singing,dancing, drawing, swinnimg, writing ,and each of those i dreamt of being an expert. As a result, none of those i can do excellently. but i learnt from that if you want too much, you may get nothing. Because it is limited for one’s energy both of time and capacity.

   it is so important and valuable for a person to concentrate on one thing all hi life, which seems also to be difficult to do.

03:02 AM Aug 16 2018 |

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