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cover (one's) bases

To ensure one's safety or success by dealing with every potentially problematic aspect of a situation or activity. A reference to baseball, in which the defensive players must make sure all bases (and baserunners who may occupy them) are accounted for. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. We have to be sure to cover our bases before the trial begins so that we aren't surprised by anything the prosecution throws our way.
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cover all bases

To be well-prepared for every possible outcome. We need to cover all bases here—check every office and make sure it's been evacuated. I know I don't have the best grades, so I covered all bases by applying to 15 colleges.
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base (up)on

To found or root something on a particular idea or occurrence. A noun can be used between "base" and "on" or "upon." My love of science is based upon an interest in experimentation. Unfortunately, she has a low opinion of me. I think she based it on our first meeting, which didn't go well.
See also: base

cover all the bases

To account for or provide a way to address every possible outcome, scenario, contingency, etc. We need to cover all the bases here—the investigation should explore every avenue. I covered all the bases by applying to 15 colleges.
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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.
See also: all, bases, touch

cover all the/your ˈbases

(especially American English) consider and deal with all the things that could happen or could be needed when you are arranging something: Are you sure we covered all our bases on this?We cover all the bases from creating a market for your business through closing the sale.
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About 180 installations would be closed, including 33 major bases.
Marine Air Station Futenma is one of the least-popular bases with Okinawans because it surrounds densely populated Ginowan city.
If the subsidiary remains a group member, all group members must aggregate their bases in the subsidiary's stock; the combined total is then reapportioned to each block of stock in an equalizing adjustment.
The submission is the outgrowth of the European Chapter's participation in a workshop held by the Commission on March 18 on the use of IAS in developing a consolidated tax base for EU-wide activities.
As an example, perhaps putting on a climbing harness and standing at the base of a rock climb may represent a formidable challenge for some; for others, getting half-way or ascending all the way to the top of climb may be the desired goal.
In DNA, bases come in four flavors--adenine, thymine, cytosine, and guanine.
Data bases -- are they just for use in the realm of computer programmers?
The survivors include bases like Edwards Air Force Base, China Lake Naval Weapons Center near Ridgecrest and Naval Base Ventura County, all geared toward research and testing.
108(a), a statement that includes the name, address and taxpayer identification number of the partnership and states the amount of the reduction of the partner's proportionate interest in the adjusted bases of the partnership's depreciable property or depreciable real property (which-ever is applicable).
The speed and security of our network infrastructure is essential to maintaining the flow of critical base operations," said Frank Toth, computer technician for the military base.
Edwards offers an average of 350 days a year of good flying weather and remains relatively far from encroaching civilian communities - advantages East Coast military bases cannot offer.
Consumers who own Position Right(TM) bases manufactured before February 10, 2000 should inspect their bases immediately for bent posts and call Evenflo at (800) 316-4779 anytime to receive a free kit.
Defense Department officials said the nation does not need 25 percent of the bases it has and that it does not have the money to properly maintain the installations it does deem vital.
and the particular properties the bases of which are to be reduced, shall be determined under regulations prescribed by the Secretary.
While not stating a preference, a draft environmental assessment of the five candidate bases for the Global Hawk program estimates it would take about $10 million in construction costs to prepare Ellsworth Air Force Base to house the aircraft compared to $16.