cover all the bases

cover all the bases

To account for or provide a way to address every possible outcome, scenario, contingency, etc. We need to cover all the bases here—the investigation should explore every avenue. I covered all the bases by applying to 15 colleges.
See also: all, bases, cover

cover all the/your ˈbases

(especially American English) consider and deal with all the things that could happen or could be needed when you are arranging something: Are you sure we covered all our bases on this?We cover all the bases from creating a market for your business through closing the sale.
See also: all, bases, cover
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During his first training camp in some time, De La Hoya and his handlers have tried to cover all the bases.
From art (the gallery of "Crazy LP Covers," posted December 5, 2002) to technology ("$140 Walking Robot," July 30, 2002), from foreign affairs to domestic ("Get your rolls of anti-United Nations toilet paper here," February 20, 2001), the links on this site cover all the bases.
Even those with the broadest coverage and largest market share, such as Concord Communications, can't cover all the bases, and in attempting to do so may fall down when it comes to integrating and correlating the information delivered.
Despite the social history subtitle, later chapters on work and women seem more justified by the attempt to cover all the bases than by the relevant material they marshal, and Lancaster is far more interesting and innovative when he writes about businessmen and their competitors.
They've been trying to cover all the bases to make sure it's all moving forward.
Due to the things that have been going on (at other schools), we have to cover all the bases.
We had to cover all the bases,'' said Bill Brown, a Forest Service biologist.