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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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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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Intermedia covered all the bases with excellent planning support, problem-resolution procedures, active intrusion monitoring and a well-defined SLA (service-level agreement) policy," wrote Mike Fratto, "so it got the job.