the trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior
a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
affability to your inferiors and temporary disregard for differences of position or rank
the queen's condescension was intended to make us feel comfortable
The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."