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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.) Primarily heard in US. 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
References in classic literature ?
Hair is deceitful and noses and eyes change, and you cannot tell what is going to come of them, but ears is ears from start to finish, and you always know where you are with them.
This act is going to be a scream from start to finish.
All dead wrong from start to finish, an' Whittier he's to blame.
But he looks better now and led from start to finish.
This was just the first time we were going to let him do the operation from start to finish.
The two drivers were inseparable from start to finish, with the lead changing on several occasions until the Omani clinched victory, leaving Raffaele De Lorenzi in third for his first podium finish of the year.
The Old Rep's production was a hoot from start to finish.
THE season finale of Five's sci-fi drama Flash-Forward was gripping from start to finish as FBI special agent Mark Benford - superbly played by Joseph Fiennes - battled to stop another blackout.
Boasting incredibly destructive third-person shooting action, with the opportunity to annihilate your enemies and the environment, Red Faction Guerilla is a blast from start to finish.
Kung Fu Panda is a great film for kids - mine giggled virtually from start to finish as poor fat panda Po learns to be a martial arts expert.
The David Wachman-trained filly was not seen again until last month at the Curragh, where she recovered from a slow start to finish fourth in 18-runner 1m maiden won by Athenian Way.
Renaissance Academy of La Canada lost its third consecutive Southern Section title game Saturday, this time trailing start to finish in a 67-59 setback to Corona del Mar of Newport Beach in the Div.
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We were most fortunate to have a lender who understood the need for a timely, rapid process which resulted in a quick turnaround from start to finish without which the transaction could never have been accomplished.
Violent, gritty, gripping, Dawn of War: Ascension is a raw boost of pure excitement from start to finish.