cover all bases

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.
See also: all, bases, cover

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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"The boys try to cover all bases in practice - Jofra and Woody bowled flat-out this morning"
Considering that search advertising is still the company's main source of revenue, it would be careless for Google not to cover all bases.
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In this day and age you have to cover all bases. I could get on the bike but I'm not massively proficient."
Widely regarded as one of the best spinners in the world, his eclectic tastes cover all bases from deep house to Detroit techno, and drum and bass to jazz.
"They are trying to cover all bases really: making sure he is involved if they go through to the play-offs, that they cover those particular games.
The difference with D&E Holdings is that they cover all bases for their investors.
I said I found this hard to swallow but, to cover all bases, told you: "If it happens, you read it here first." And here's the evidence.
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HR's defense of this boring spiel is that legally they must cover all bases. That means telling new recruits that they are "workers at will" is important.
Three dominant business models were identified for telecomms companies of the future, including the 'Dominate a piece of the business' company, the 'cover all bases' company and the 'solution provider' company.
Koditschek tries to cover all bases, while simultaneously grappling with major theoretical issues in social history.