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Old 15-08-2010, 11:43   #16
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The whole nine yards was also a WWI fighter-aircraft expression. Some of the machine guns had fabric belts for the ammunition - 27' in length. When someone used them all (which meant that he was defenseless, should he be attacked on the way home) he 'used the whole nine yards'.

Not a nautical expression, but buying the farm dates back to aviation about the same time - a fatal crash. Either the government paid for the damage to a farmers field (usually inflated to the point that it paid, literally, the mortgage) or the pilot 'bought' himself a plot.
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I have read that there is quite a dispute on where the term, The whole nine yards originates.
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The devil (or hell) to pay....referred to caulking the garboard strake on a sailing ship...a hard and nasty job...see also, Between the devil and the deep blue sea..

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"The whole nine yards"
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I always thought the whole nine yards referred to the .50 cal machine gun belt in a WWII fighter, nine yards long.

The whole nine yards - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As for boating expressions used in everyday speech all the ones that come to mind have four letters and aren't suitable for a PG website.
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Not a nautical expression, but buying the farm dates back to aviation about the same time
earlier than that... Napoleonic era military slang, with the same basic meaning. The premise being that when the sailor/soldier retired he was "going to buy a farm" and when he was killed in battle and buried the farm he bought was the plot he was buried in.
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