nook and cranny

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nook and cranny

Every possible place or part of something, down to the smallest ones. You need to clean every nook and cranny of this room before your grandmother gets here—it has to be spotless for her! I looked in every nook and cranny of the attic and couldn't find that box anywhere.
See also: and, cranny, nook

nooks and crannies

COMMON If you talk about the nooks and crannies of a place or object, you mean the smaller parts which are not normally noticed or are hard to reach. In the weeks before Christmas, we would search all the nooks and crannies of the house, trying to find our presents. This historic county town is packed with interesting nooks and crannies to explore. Note: You can also talk about every nook and cranny, meaning all the parts of a place or object. He seemed to know every nook and cranny of Venice. Note: A nook is a corner or recess in a wall, and a cranny is a narrow opening or gap.
See also: and, cranny, nook

nook and cranny, every

Every place, all over. This expression combines nook, which has meant an out-of-the-way corner since the fourteenth century, and cranny, meaning a crack or crevice since the fifteenth century. Frederick Marryat used it in Japhet in Search of a Father (1836): “After examining every nook and cranny they could think of.”
See also: and, every, nook
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