What is the origin of the term “The Whole Nine Yards”?

Q – What is the origin of the term “The Whole Nine Yards?

The Whole Nine Yards:
Yards are the spars attached to the mast that support square sails.

On a fully rigged, three masted ship, there are three major square sails on each mast.

If the nine major sails are employed, the whole nine yards are working.

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