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from stem to stern

Completely or entirely, as from one end to the other. The stem is the front part of a ship and the stern is the rear. If that guy so much as looks at me the wrong way, I'll cut him from stem to stern, I swear! When I had the flu, I honestly ached from stem to stern and couldn't get out of bed for days.
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from stem to stern

 
1. Lit. from the front of a boat or ship to the back. He inspected the boat from stem to stern and decided he wanted to buy it.
2. Fig. from one end to another. Now, I have to clean the house from stem to stern. I polished my car carefully from stem to stern.
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from stem to stern

from the front to the back, especially of a ship.
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from ˌstem to ˈstern

all the way from the front of a ship to the back: It was a small boat, less than thirty feet from stem to stern.
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from stem to stern

From one end to another.
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stem to stern, from

From beginning to end; entirely. In nautical terminology the stem is an upright at the bow (front) of a vessel and the stern is the back end. This counterpart of from head to toe and from soup to nuts was quoted by the Roman writer Cicero as a Greek proverb. In English the term was used literally from about 1600 on, and figuratively soon afterward.
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Conventional ships are designed for strength longitudinally, from stem to stern. The main stress on such a ship comes from cargo and the force of waves passing beneath the hull.
Among the flimsy fibre-glass motor-cruisers that tend to ply the canals, Elisabeth is a bulbous and brightly decorated old girl with flower pots from stem to stern. She began life as a heavy-duty barge in Rotterdam Docks in the 1930s and became a hotel boat - 'peniche' is the local phrase - a few years ago.
"We loaded her from stem to stern," said Fred Artis, Chief, Terminal Operations Division.
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The stores, which had been operated as Drug Emporium franchises prior to the July 1998 deal, are being remerchandised "from stem to stern," Roath said.
The 47-foot research vessel is packed with electronics from stem to stern, including side-scan sonar for probing the lake bed and Global Positioning System equipment for pinpointing the location of wrecks.
It was just like a movie: a luxury yacht ablaze from stem to stern, a wealthy industrialist, his wife and their daughter and the crew in peril as their boat went down.
As is his line of work every two years, Walter traveled the country last fall from stem to stern.
At less than one year of age, this impressive ship still had that new car smell and was squeaky clean from stem to stern.
South Pasadena, CA, December 03, 2013 --(PR.com)-- X-Treme designers have come up with the XB-300SLA Electric Mountain Bike, engineered from stem to stern with quality in mind, all at an extremely attractive and affordable price.
"Waves were breaking right over her from stem to stern. It would have been impossible for anyone on the Union Star to go on deck to make a line fast," he said.
Michael said: "The bear showed intense curiosity as she went from stem to stern of the ship, returning to the bow to stand up against the hull itself.
Reville, who lives in Worcester, said education needs an overhaul "from stem to stern" and hopes teachers will help by challenging their working conditions.
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