from cover to cover

Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

from cover to cover

Thoroughly and/or in its entirety (referring to a book that has been read from front cover to back cover). I love those books, I read them from cover to cover when I was a kid!
See also: cover

from ˌcover to ˈcover

from the beginning to the end of a book, magazine, etc: I’ve read the newspaper from cover to cover, but I can’t find any mention of yesterday’s accident.
See also: cover
References in classic literature ?
The Doctor still read from cover to cover his Lancet and his Medical Journal, attended all professional gatherings, worked himself into an alternate state of exaltation and depression over the results of the election of officers, and reserved for himself a den of his own, in which before rows of little round bottles full of glycerine, Canadian balsam, and staining agents, he still cut sections with a microtome, and peeped through his long, brass, old-fashioned microscope at the arcana of nature.
Just then a few dark-looking heads gleamed out of the dwellings, and the place seemed suddenly alive with beings, which, however, glided from cover to cover so swiftly, as to allow no opportunity of examining their humors or pursuits.
It was an old leather-bound volume, smelling of a hundred voyages, very solid and very like the Bible, but enlivened with accounts of battles and sieges; and they read it nearly from cover to cover.
MY WIFE always says that I am a creature of habit and I suppose I am because, for the best part of 40 years, after my evening meal I settle in my armchair to read the Birmingham Mail from cover to cover.
I doubt that they have read the Bible from cover to cover and understand its meaning without being preached to.
Packed cover to cover with suspense, mysteries, and intrigue, Power of the Scepter is an enthralling and at times frightening read from cover to cover, not to be missed.
I read it from cover to cover, hoping to immerse myself in the knowledge needed to start a business.
Tightly written, drawing heavily upon author David Pirie's familiarity with both Sherlock Holmes canon and Doyle's biography, The Dark Water is an enthralling literary work from cover to cover.
A contemplative narrative about the ups and downs of life, and the leadership that comes tempered from experience, In the Arms of Elders is absorbing from cover to cover.
Each of these six titles is filled from cover to cover with fun facts and vibrant illustrations enhancing a text that places each showcased worker into their proper community and job context.
While YAs may be familiar with the Cyclops Polyphemus, the Sirens whose singing lure sailors to certain death, the beautiful Circe who turns men into swine, and the constant Queen Penelope, few of them know of these characters from the text of The Odyssey itself and fewer still have read Homer's epic from cover to cover.
Read the paper from cover to cover before you start.
I have become extremely well informed about the Anglican Church of Canada because it became my habit to read the church paper from cover to cover every month.
Congress 2005 is a detailed reference compendium filled from cover to cover with professional and educational background information of nearly 575 senior congressional committee staff members.