head to toe


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head to toe

Encompassing one's entire body; top to bottom. Typically refers to how one is dressed and groomed. This is a fancy event, so you need to look good from head to toe. Schedule a haircut and shine your shoes.
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from head to toe

Fig. from the top of one's head to one's feet. She was decked out in flowers from head to toe. The huge parka covered the small child from head to toe, assuring that she would be well-protected against the cold.
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from head to toe

Also, from head to heels or foot ; from tip or top to toe . Over the entire body, in its entirety. For example, He was dressed in black from head to toe, or She ached all over, from tip to toe. These expressions date from ancient times. The alliterative head to heels originated about 1400, and Shakespeare had "from top to toe" in Hamlet (1:2).
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from head to toe

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from head to foot

COMMON You use from head to toe or from head to foot to talk about the whole of someone's body. She was covered from head to toe with black and blue marks. She was trembling from head to foot. Note: You can also just say head to toe or head to foot. She was dressed head to toe in black. The boy is wrapped head to foot in a green blanket. Note: You can use head-to-toe or head-to-foot before a noun. He turned up clad in head-to-toe black. Standing against the wall was this man in head-to-foot leather. Compare with from top to toe.
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from head to toe (or foot)

all over your body.
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READY TO HELP Volunteers, from left, Marion Grey, Christine Fairbairn, Diana Middleton, Jill Arkell-Wilson and Carol Coburn LESS TRAUMA FOR CANCER PATIENTS Volunteer Jill Arkell-Wilson at the launch of the Head to Toe service at Marie Curie Hospice
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Individual cabins are masterpieces of compressed planning, with a double bunk over the tiny kitchen and lavatory that flank the entrance porch on the north end of the plan and a bench long enough for two children to sleep head to toe along the east wall.
We arrived home safely, covered from head to toe in sand, concluding our friend's bachelor party--"Remy's day in the dirt.
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Their unique spring system, in both the mattress and the divan base, has springs running from head to toe to ensure no roll together and total support.
If every Pizza Hut employee working on Super Bowl Sunday laid head to toe, they could cover more than th of the distance between Soldier Field and the RCA Dome.
People plodding in the snow, Wrapped up warm from head to toe, In hats, scarves, gloves and coats, And Wellington boots upon our feet, Leaving footprints in the snow.
The new volunteer-run Head to Toe and Pampering service at Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle is aimed at giving women who have undergone chemotherapy a confidence boost.
A JURY failed to reach a verdict in the case of a Birmingham mother accused of cruelty after she bound her son almost head to toe in tape.
He said: "In The Pillow Book I was covered head to toe in Chinese-Japanese calligraphy.
The prosecutor confirmed that the store owner's statement to police jibed with the evidence, asserting: "A guy comes in dressed head to toe in black and carrying what appears to be a real gun, I think you can assume he's not there collecting for the Red Cross.
Beyonce, who was dripping in precious metals and jewels from head to toe, wore a long Grecian-inspired bronzed Touch of Couture gown (her mom's design) gathered at both the front and back.
If laid out head to toe, every person buried last year in the United States would form a line stretching from Los Angeles to New York City.