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from A to Z

From the very beginning to the very end; covering or regarding the entire possible range or scope. We have to do a stock count of everything in the warehouse, from A to Z! This introductory philosophy course will examine the field from A to Z, beginning with the Greeks and finishing with the work of modern philosophers.
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from A to Z

Fig. of a complete and wide variety. We have just about everything from A to Z. She ordered everything on the menu from A to Z.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

from A to Z

COMMON From A to Z means from the beginning to the end of an activity or including everything in a situation. I made a detailed plan and followed it from A to Z. Staff members were sent to assist the families with pretty well everything they needed from A to Z.
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from A to Z

over the entire range; in every particular.
1998 Salmon, Trout & Sea-Trout In order to have seen Scotland's game fishing in its entirety, from A to Z, visiting 30 stretches of river and 350 lochs a year, you would have to be travelling for a hundred years.
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from A to ˈZ

very thoroughly and in detail: We need an expert who knows the subject from A to Z.
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from A to Z

mod. of a complete and wide variety. (see also everything from A to Z.) We have just about everything from A to Z.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

from A to Z

Completely; thoroughly.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

alpha and omega, the

The sum of something, the beginning and the end, symbolized by the first (alpha) and last (omega) letters of the Greek alphabet. The Book of Revelation (1:8) states: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord.” The modern equivalent is a to z. See also from soup to nuts.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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