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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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The company has earned a reputation from being able to navigate even the most complicated transactions and has built its client roster as a result of its reputation for covering all the bases.
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We are covering all the bases,'' said Josie Bisciglia, dean of students at the high school and event coordinator.
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Tally Systems also offers many tools for IT managers to achieve the goal of achieving ongoing software license compliance, including a new white paper, "A Winning Software Compliance Strategy: Covering All the Bases.
Tally Systems today announced help for IT managers in achieving that goal, unveiling a new white paper, "A Winning Software Compliance Strategy: Covering All the Bases.
From crime fighting to inspiring teens to develop intellectual and computer skills, InterQuest is covering all the bases with FACES.
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