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Related to sternly: haphazardly, lamentably, smoothly
from stem to stern
1. Lit. from the front of a boat or ship to the back. He inspected the boat from stem to stern and decided he wanted to buy it.
2. Fig. from one end to another. Now, I have to clean the house from stem to stern. I polished my car carefully from stem to stern.
(from) stem to stern
completely We overhauled the car from stem to stern.Related vocabulary: from top to bottom
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of from the stem to the stern ( from the front end to the back end of a ship)
from soup to nuts(American informal)
from the beginning to the end She told us everything about the trip, from soup to nuts.
from stem to stern(American)
from one end of something to the other We overhauled the car from stem to stern.
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.
stem to stern
see under from soup to nuts.
n. the posterior; buttocks. The little airplane crashed right into the stern of an enormous lady who didn’t even notice.
from stem to stern
From one end to another.