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base (up)on

To found or root something on a particular idea or occurrence. A noun or pronoun 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.
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base in

1. To root something in a particular thing, idea, or finding. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "base" and "in." There's no way this data is based in reality!
2. To operate or function from a particular place. Our corporate headquarters is based in Spokane.
3. To locate something in a particular place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "base" and "in." If we base our club in the English department office, then we can meet in there on Wednesday afternoons.
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base off (of) (something else)

1. To derive or found something from some other source or material. A noun or pronoun can be used between "base" and "off." The new play is based off a short story written in 1812. Our research is based off of the work done by our predecessors.
2. To inform or provide the basis for something, as an opinion or conclusion, from something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "base" and "off." I think she's based her low opinion of me off of our first meeting, which unfortunately didn't go well. The decision was based off the recommendations of five different independent experts in the field.
See also: base, off

bases loaded

In baseball, there are runners on first, second, and third base. And with that, it's two outs, bases loaded as Carter comes to the plate. If he hits a grand slam here, it'll tie the game.
See also: bases, loaded

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. 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.
See also: bases, cover

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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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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load the bases

1. To get runners onto first, second, and third base, as of the team currently playing offense. If they're able to load the bases and knock in some runs, they'll be right back in this game. One good swing here could load the bases for Marshall's team.
2. To allow runners onto first, second, and third base, as of the team currently playing defense. If their pitcher loads the bases here, he'll be in a real jam. I think Coach Grant will have to go to the bullpen. I can't believe the best reliever we've got loaded the bases with two outs!
See also: bases, load

steal a base

In baseball or softball, for a baserunner already on base to advance to the next base before or during a pitch (as opposed to when the ball is hit into play). The base is often specified (e.g. "steal second base"). After the wild pitch, the player on second managed to steal third base. He holds a record for stealing bases, typically managing to do it once or twice per game.
See also: base, steal

the bases are loaded

In baseball, there are runners on first, second, and third base. And with that, the bases are loaded for Carter's at bat. If he hits a grand slam here, it'll tie the game.
See also: bases, loaded

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.
See also: all, bases, touch
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steal a base

Fig. to sneak from one base to another in baseball. The runner stole second base, but he nearly got put out on the way. Tom runs so slowly that he never tries to steal a base.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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.
See also: all, bases, cover
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base in

1. To operate from some location. Used chiefly in the passive: Our company is based in Fresno.
2. To establish or found something in some location: We based our organization in the heart of the city.
3. To have something as a foundation or origin: The linguist based the analysis of the sentence structure in a standard framework.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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