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What does 'yards' mean in the idiomatic expression 'The whole nine yards' - a place, a measure,
or something another?
I have read the article, but what does a native speaker associate 'yards' with - with a site or with a measure?
I associate it with a measure. A yard is 3 feet or about 0.9 meters.
Obviously, the phrase is not used literally so I don't expect "the whole 9 yards" of something to be 27 feet of something.
You need to think of the "yards" in "the whole nine yards" the same way you think of the "bucket" in "kick the bucket."
There are no real yards. There is no real bucket.
They are idioms and they mean what they mean. Breaking them down into their parts will not help you understand them any more. As far as what else I have to say on this, I've already given you the whole enchilada.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.