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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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Robed from head to toe in black blankets, the fighters glided nobly around the stage (as though on motorized platforms), their sedate march gradually unfolding into a bravura display as the men and women exploded into action against the enemy, their torsos vibrating with the bursts of fire from their rifles.
A DAD killed his adopted son by wrapping him from head to toe in duct tape.
Dressed head to toe in black, Delinah Blake declined to comment on the proceedings.
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Bootsy Collins was dressed head to toe in leopard print.
The combined results of feeling silky-smooth from head to toe and being completely relaxed are guaranteed to rejuvenate you.
MUCH as we'd love to dress like divas every day of the week, we reluctantly concede that, worn head to toe, silver is all a bit bling for office hours.