touch (on) all (the) bases

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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


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.
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It's a sensational performance, touching all the bases from tender (Harry's kiss with Cho Chang, played by the lovely Katie Leung) to fearful (the dreams of death that wake him up in a cold sweat).
Utley is co-author of The Independent Carolina Baseball League 1936-1938 (1999), and Peeler is author of a book of baseball poems titled Touching All the Bases (2000).
Touch 'em All'' is a term used in baseball to describe the only remaining action to be taken by a player after hitting a home run: touching all the bases.
1 Aspirations aside, seldom does an annual report do well across the board, touching all the bases in this annual competition.