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stem to stern

Completely or entirely, as from one end to the other. The stem and the stern are opposite ends of a ship. 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

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 soup to nuts

Also, from A to Z or start to finish or stem to stern . From beginning to end, throughout, as in We went through the whole agenda, from soup to nuts, or She had to learn a whole new system from A to Z, or It rained from start to finish, or We did over the whole house from stem to stern. The first expression, with its analogy to the first and last courses of a meal, appeared in slightly different forms (such as from potage to cheese) from the 1500s on; the precise wording here dates only from the mid-1900s. The second expression alludes to the first and last letters of the Roman alphabet; see also alpha and omega. The third comes from racing and alludes to the entire course of the race; it dates from the mid-1800s. The last variant is nautical, alluding to the front or stem, and rear or stern, of a vessel.
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stem to stern

see under from soup to nuts.
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from soup to nuts

from beginning to end; completely. North American informal
Soup is likely to feature as the first course of a formal meal, while a selection of nuts may be offered as the final one.
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from stem to stern

from the front to the back, especially of a ship.
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from ˌsoup to ˈnuts

(American English, informal) from beginning to end: She told me the whole story from soup to nuts.
This refers to a long meal that often begins with soup and ends with nuts.
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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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stern

n. the posterior; buttocks. The little airplane crashed right into the stern of an enormous lady who didn’t even notice.

from stem to stern

From one end to another.
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A series of acts (committed by Japan) concerning Tokto and Japan's past history is seen as amounting to a justification of its colonial aggression, and thus we will sternly deal with it,'' Unification Minister Chung Dong Young said in a statement.
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As a type, the library has undergone enormous changes, shrugging off its origins as a sternly patrolled repository of knowledge into a more flexible and inclusive organism.
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As several hands went up she sternly ordered them to leave.
I have had countless conversations with leaders of other churches who have spoken gently but sternly of our internal disorderliness on issues such as this.
A sternly spoken rebuke at the moment the child misbehaves and a little swat on a diapered bottom-- even though the swat is lighter than normal horseplay -- do far more good at that age than the "time out" equivalent of life without parole later.
Suddenly, they were accosted by the parish priest, who sternly told them, "That hymn is not to be sung during Mass.
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The false rumor captures the pitfalls journalists encounter when they ignore the by-the-book approach Kalb so sternly advocates.
Then, composing herself for the huge audience she was entertaining so much, Miss Kearney ended by asking sternly, "Is it right for you to be raking all this up?
Clinton can speak through his lawyer on these matters," sternly warned the T imes.
Barbour's argument makes it seem almost inevitable that the Milton of Paradise Regained, speaking in a post-Restoration world weary of controversy, would, in the person of the Son, sternly reject the ancient philosophy altogether.
The contest is made all the more graphic by the attractive physical dissimilarities of Whelan and Hubbe: she elongated, vertical, angled, sternly flexible, minutely detailed; he rounded, ardent, lateral, voluminous--heroic, but in natural scale, somewhat diminutive.