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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.
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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With apartments, townhouses, semi-detached and detached properties, we've covered all the bases for you.
Greenberger covered all the bases. He not only presented the historical facts but went beyond the facade to deal with core issues.
It got so that he created a checklist that he consulted to make sure he covered all the bases before these transactions were finalized.
With Charlton's bid for a European place faltering, Kiely said: "You would think Curbs has covered all the bases but at the end of the day it's down the players.
Lee covered all the bases. HE ghostwrote letters for Governor Ammons to send to President Wilson, and articles for Lamont Montgomery Bowers to send to sympathetic magazines.