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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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And make no mistake, this is a hard-rocking band that covers all the bases of its genre, creating a sound that's both eerie and concussive.
Just Grace and the Snack Attack covers all the bases in the context of its fun story, from doing fancy hairstyles for a cat and making a flower garden in one's room to creating a zine from only one piece of paper and understanding food origins in a 'snack attack'.
The author covers all the bases, such as how to develop sketching skills, how to understand storyboard language and how to build scenes and work with composition and continuity.
Experienced professional television screenwriter and story editor Alex Epstein presents Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box, a solid writer's manual that covers all the bases. From the hidden structure of TV series, to turning great story ideas into workable scripts, the many tips, tricks, and techniques of a writer's toolkit, the realities of working in TV land (including how to break into the business, get hired, and get promoted!) and much more.
From eating appropriately for knee health and using nutritional supplements to considering body mechanics, posture correction and preventative knee exercises, osteopathic physician George Kessler covers all the bases.
At the North American Menopause Society Web site (www.menopause.org), you can print off a Menopause Health Questionnaire that covers all the bases. It's unique because there's a thorough inventory of all the menopausal symptoms that you may be experiencing and to what degree.
That argues strongly for a multi-dimensional approach to archiving that covers all the bases.
Peck's book covers all the bases (pun intended) for readers to enjoy.
Taking its place in the annals of television home shopping pitches is KB Home's exciting (yes, really!) infomercial, "American Dream." The well-produced program covers all the bases from creating the desire to own by showcasing perfectly furnished models, to offering that all-important, third-party testimonial from former HUD secretary (and now KB Home affordable housing joint venture partner) Henry Cisneros.
I've put together a simple anti-ageing kit, which covers all the bases - from a modern foundation to anti-ageing blush.
The book is short and full of colourful and often funny pictures but still covers all the bases. You'll learn everything from how to start a stamp collection and how to talk the stamp collector's language to cool trivia about stamps and mail delivery and some "incredible stamp stories." You'll even find out about some outrageous stamp mistakes, some of which are now worth thousands of dollars.