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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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And Compton, amid conflicting reports on the status of Fajardo, said he and his staff will prepare the Aces by covering all bases.
O'Neill is covering all bases as he prepares to name his first squad as Irish manager ahead of the upcoming Serbia friendly in Dublin on March 5.
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These shots from the video for her new single Crazy Chick, show the Voice of an Angel covering all bases as she embarks on one image change after another.