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 for the whole shebang
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shebang \She*bang"\, n. [Cf. Shebeen.]
     1. A jocosely depreciative name for a dwelling or shop; a
        primitive dwelling; a shanty. [Slang, U.S.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The structure of an object, process, organization, or
        anything viewed as complicated; -- used primarily in the
        phrase
  
     the whole shebang; as, it comes with unnecessary frills,
        but you have to buy the whole shebang. [informal]
        [PJC]
  
     3. (computers) [Possibly derived from shell bang; the
        character ! is referred to in some computer contexts as
        bang.] The character sequence #!, which frequently begins
        shell scripts in a Unix system.
        [PJC]

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