I used that phrase in a sentence today and then turned to the person to whom I said it, then said. What the hell is a caboodle? It made me wonder where do these sayings come from? We know exactly what it means, but what is the origin of "kit and caboodle" So I did some google'n. This is what I found: *OED2 = Oxford English Dictionary, volume 2 What phrases do you guys use on a daily basis and have no idea where it comes from. There are tons of them, Let the cat out of the bag??? Dressed to the nines??? I even found out that "balls to the wall" has nothing to do with the male anatomy! Guess what, even the word "google" has an origin. I'll give you a hint. If you use spell checker on the word google, the word it was taken from appears. And no, it's not goggle. What are yours.