One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A book of the Hebrew scriptures (the Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther) appointed to be read on certain Jewish notable days, especially the Book of Esther, read at the festival of Purim.
- 1.1as noun the whole megillahNorth American informal Something in its entirety, especially a complicated set of arrangements or a long-winded story.‘you usually get the whole megillah, complete to the last screw’
- ‘So give ‘em the whole megillah… Do readers really want to know how miserable you are?’
- ‘And now that I've found a hairstyle that suits the inexorable genetic progress of hair erasure, it gives me pause to reflect on the whole megillah of pateness, as you put it.’
- ‘Johnson was decked out in lavish uniform: red and white robes, mitre, cross and crook - the whole megillah.’
- 1.1as noun the whole megillahNorth American informal Something in its entirety, especially a complicated set of arrangements or a long-winded story.
From Hebrew mĕḡillāh, literally ‘scroll’.
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