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(from) soup to nuts

From the very beginning to the very end. Refers to a once-traditional full course meal, beginning with soup and ending with a dessert of nuts. OK, let's go over the plan again, from soup to nuts. Soup to nuts, this has to be the most interesting and engaging book I've every read.
See also: nuts, soup

from soup to nuts

Also, from A to Z or start to finish or stem to stern . From beginning to end, throughout, as in We went through the whole agenda, from soup to nuts, or She had to learn a whole new system from A to Z, or It rained from start to finish, or We did over the whole house from stem to stern. The first expression, with its analogy to the first and last courses of a meal, appeared in slightly different forms (such as from potage to cheese) from the 1500s on; the precise wording here dates only from the mid-1900s. The second expression alludes to the first and last letters of the Roman alphabet; see also alpha and omega. The third comes from racing and alludes to the entire course of the race; it dates from the mid-1800s. The last variant is nautical, alluding to the front or stem, and rear or stern, of a vessel.
See also: nuts, soup

from soup to nuts

from beginning to end; completely. North American informal
Soup is likely to feature as the first course of a formal meal, while a selection of nuts may be offered as the final one.
See also: nuts, soup

from ˌsoup to ˈnuts

(American English, informal) from beginning to end: She told me the whole story from soup to nuts.
This refers to a long meal that often begins with soup and ends with nuts.
See also: nuts, soup
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Whereas the national chain drug stores offer virtually everything from soup to nuts, Benzer Pharmacy, which is an independent retail chain store, is more of an apothecary type of operation, offering only drugs and health care needs, and demonstrating a strong and competitive edge in service to patients," states pharmacy manager James Kratzer.
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Having worked in every aspect of the natural foods business from soup to nuts, Michael is far and away the most knowledgeable person on the 'buy side' of the business," says Robb.
Classes include a wide range of topics from soup to nuts, hors d'oeuvres to desserts.
Covering everything from soup to nuts and from acorn pottage to buttered worts, this concordance from the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies contains recipes recorded in England in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries, the earliest English recipes on record.
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Traubenberg who served on the planning committee for both seminars noted: "We retained the basic structure of the earlier program--covering FAS 109 from soup to nuts and also addressing related topics, such as M&A and equity compensation, that have significant tax effects.
The film is slated for a summer 2005 release, making it no slower to reach the bigscreen than "Chicken Run," which took 4 1/2 years from soup to nuts.
Kevin looks at the company from soup to nuts to see if the company is operating at maximum efficiency,'' he said.
They push a lot of the leverage they have with clients, because they are primary brokers as well as reinsurance brokers and they can control the premium dollar from soup to nuts, so to speak, as it goes up the chain," Bolland said.