cover all bases

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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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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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But Red Rose attack coach Farrell insists England have "covered all bases" with their 31-man squad selection.
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Drawing on the traditions of the Midlands rock scene and influenced by indie bands coming out of Wales where they recorded 1994, they appear to have covered all bases.
Without Newcastle's input they cannot be sure they have covered all bases and they are bitter that the Falcons are silent.