the whole kit and kabootle
where did this phrase come from and what does it mean exactly?
Well, a "kit" is package or group going back to Middle English (1300s), and from the early/mid-1800s, a "boodle" is likewise a lot of people (from the Dutch, bœdel, meaning "estate" or "lot"). The prefix "ca" is an intensifier, and "caboodle" is an English word in its own right. They probably got joined-up into a cliché during the Civil War, just because the time's about right and a bunch of stuff came from then.

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