run the gamut

run the gamut

to cover a wide range [from one thing to another]. She wants to buy the house, but her requests run the gamut from expensive new carpeting to completely new landscaping. His hobbies run the gamut from piano repair to portrait painting.
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run the gamut

Extend over an entire range, as in His music runs the gamut from rock to classical. This expression alludes to the medieval musical scale of Guido d'Arezzo, gamut being a contraction of gamma and ut, the lowest and highest notes respectively. [Mid-1800s]
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Musical dynamics give the movement its impetus, with elements that run the gamut from wicked humor to poignant drama.
The costume and seasonal products industry is closely related to the toy industry in that they both share many of the same buyers, a collection of retailers and wholesalers that run the gamut from small family run toy and costume shops to major retailers like Kmart, Target, and Wal-Mart.
Lovely color photos of such showers run the gamut from very simple to amazingly detailed, while choices in heating from solar to convention and choices in design offer details for virtually any setting, whether it be stone, wood, metal or tile.
Much can be said for the present system in that it effectively requires the candidates to run the gamut of elections in both large and small states, both Northern and Southern states, both Western and Eastern states, both largely urban and largely rural states, both racially diverse states and racially uniform states, in an effort to win.
From dark and brutal to wistful and contemplative, the stories run the gamut of diversity, yet each demands to be read to the end and fully and absorbed.
Offerings run the gamut from bathroom and kitchen fixtures to tiles, lighting, and carpentry.
offer answers--passionate, aggressive, apathetic--that run the gamut, with succinct articulations of the failure of American democracy segueing into adamant affirmations of the Bush administration's policies.
Our reading and viewing selections on the following pages run the gamut from practical management ideas to simple intellectual curiosity.
The entries run the gamut from PR to journalism to measurement.
Wasserstein says customers run the gamut, from small CPA or law firms to medical, government or finance entities.
Electrical modalities run the gamut from a whirlpool to an ultra sound machine to muscle stimulation machines.
Suspense is sustained as Keri's emotions run the gamut, even to questioning God.
Textures run the gamut from two-voice counterpoint to martellato alternating-hands virtuosity, from large chords and octaves to quietly flowing, lyrically melodic passages.
She says since then, she has run the gamut of medications.
The 125 systems at IRS run the gamut of technology from the latest e-commerce platforms to older standalone systems that manage taxpayer information throughout the United States.