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Where does the phrase the whole nine yards originate?

Some speculate that the term originated among construction workers. The "nine yards" is said to refer to the maximum capacity a cement-mixer truck can carry - nine cubic yards of cement. However, this story is disputed and there are theories connecting the phrase to a length of fabric and also to football. Let's just say, "origin unknown."

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