touch all the bases

touch (on) all (the) bases

To include, make reference to, or take action on every desired or required element or aspect (of something). The essay touches all bases, but it doesn't do much to elaborate on them or introduce any new insights. For fans of the genre, the film touches on all the bases.
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touch all the bases

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touch all bases

If someone or something touches all the bases or touches all bases, they deal with or include all the different things that they should. His speech was short but he touched all the bases. The simple menu touches all bases: meat, fish, poultry and pasta. Note: You can also say that someone or something covers all the bases or covers all bases. The boss covers all bases when he sets up a job. Note: In baseball, batters have to touch the first, second, and third bases to score a run.
See also: all, bases, touch
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The site offers a sample emergency plan with a checklist business owners can use to make sure they touch all the bases in preparing for the worst.
Such a ferocious and brave notion, to be hinted at by such a simple motion, and the gesture itself lasting perhaps all of four seconds--if you touch all the bases and don't rush.
Wrapping up by sneering at the validity of "buzz," "Independent's Day" is nothing if not energetic and does manage to touch all the bases while running quickly around them.