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An unspecified or unspecifiable object; something one does not know the name of or does not wish to name; dingus, thingamajig: the world's tallest free-standing what's-it/ What's that whatsis he's playing with? (1882+)
The totality; everything; the whole thing; the WHOLE SCHMEAR
[1896+; probably fr the crowd that would gather at a frontier shooting match, hence, ''the whole crowd''; perhaps influenced by earlier British the whole shoot of the same meaning, fr the whole shot, ''the whole cost or price''; noted in 1900 as a favorite expression of children]