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read (something) cover to cover

To read something in its entirety, from beginning to end. Most commonly refers to reading materials that literally have a front cover and back cover, such as books or magazines. That book was so good that I read it cover to cover in one sitting. Every month I wait for the magazine to come in the mail and then I spend a Saturday afternoon reading it from cover to cover.
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If given an evening to myself to do whatever I want, chances are I'll curl up with a cookbook, which I enjoy reading cover to cover.
Reading cover to cover, in consecutive order, renders the full quality.
The result is a volume worth reading cover to cover.
Like a medical handbook, this is more for browsing than reading cover to cover.
Just as we look up specific points in the Chicago Manual of Style and RONR, we tend to check the Bylaws for answers to questions on a particular topic, such as dues, rather than reading cover to cover.
Although two or three speculative theory pieces help make any volume interesting, the eight or nine chapters of this sort here, while appealing individually, feel repetitive when reading cover to cover.
Staying on top of business trends and becoming a business resource has given your members the reasons they've asked for to start reading cover to cover.
Reading cover to cover, however, one is eager for more concrete examples by the time the `explorations' half of the book arrives.
In the waiting room on the final day of the procedure, Richard Ades sat reading cover to cover anything he could get his hands on, absorbing none of it.
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