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(from) top to bottom

In or throughout every part; from the topmost to the bottommost point. Look at you, you're filthy! Go get into the bathtub and wash top to bottom! The entire organization needs to be restructured from top to bottom.
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from top to bottom

Fig. from the highest point to the lowest point; throughout. I have to clean the house from top to bottom today. We need to replace our elected officials from top to bottom.
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from top to bottom

COMMON If you do something from top to bottom, you do it completely and thoroughly and to every part of something. She scrubbed the house from top to bottom. She searched the apartment from top to bottom for the missing letters. Note: You can also use top to bottom before a noun. He called for a top to bottom review of existing regulations.
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from top to bottom

completely; thoroughly.
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from ˌtop to ˈbottom

completely and thoroughly: We searched the house from top to bottom.
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References in classic literature ?
When they reached the hotel it was a blaze of light from top to bottom. They were met by the ladies of the concert committee, one of whom took Anne off to the performers' dressing room which was filled with the members of a Charlottetown Symphony Club, among whom Anne felt suddenly shy and frightened and countrified.
According to him, the coming together of the Fulbe people is to make sure the All Progressives Congress (APC) under the leadership of Buhari have an overwhelming victory from top to bottom.
On page 3, in Table 1, under the heading Men, the column of APC (%) values, from top to bottom, should read, "-2.6 ([dagger]), 0.6, -6.51, -2.9([dagger]), -4.3([dagger]), -2.7([dagger]), -1.7.
The drawings show Saturn on the following dates: left column from top to bottom: 11 July 1996, 1 December 1996 and 13 June 1997; right column from top to bottom: 19 November 1997, 28 August 1998 and 4 December 1998.
Spell out "Ace" (which is interchangable with "One" here), moving three cards from top to bottom. The next card on the top is the Ace; turn it over for all to see, and set it aside face-up.
"The morning I was supposed to leave I woke up and was able to remember the whole Yankees lineup, from top to bottom," said Santos.
particles gaths of the cloud tively charged that are negatively charged gather at the The cloud circuit and created as flashes from top to bottom.