mit Kind und Kegel



mit (with) + Kind (child) + und (and) + Kegel (illegitimate child). Hence, the expression originally means "with all [their] legitimate and illegitimate children", i.e. with a large entourage. However, this meaning is inscrutable to the contemporary German speaker because the word Kegel is now obsolete in the aforementioned sense.


mit Kind und Kegel

  1. (idiomatic, somewhat informal) as a large group; with all of one's family, contents, and/or livestock
    Die Israeliten zogen mit Kind und Kegel von Ägypten nach Palästina.
    The Israelites moved from Egypt to Palestine with everyone and everything they had.

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