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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 ?
The four travelers passed through the rest of the forest in safety, and when they came out from its gloom saw before them a steep hill, covered from top to bottom with great pieces of rock.
It resembled that perpendicular seam sometimes made in the straight, lofty trunk of a great tree, when the upper lightning tearingly darts down it, and without wrenching a single twig, peels and grooves out the bark from top to bottom, ere running off into the soil, leaving the tree still greenly alive, but branded.
Having scrutinised the house from top to bottom, he rubbed his hands, a broad smile overspread his features, and he said joyfully, "This is just what I wanted
It was all fitted with lockers from top to bottom, so as to stow away the officers' belongings and a part of the ship's stores; there was a second store-room underneath, which you entered by a hatchway in the middle of the deck; indeed, all the best of the meat and drink and the whole of the powder were collected in this place; and all the firearms, except the two pieces of brass ordnance, were set in a rack in the aftermost wall of the round-house.
If while he was being carried out the grave-diggers should discover that they were bearing a live instead of a dead body, Dantes did not intend to give them time to recognize him, but with a sudden cut of the knife, he meant to open the sack from top to bottom, and, profiting by their alarm, escape; if they tried to catch him, he would use his knife to better purpose.
On a chief corner stood a lofty unpainted pole wreathed from top to bottom with tin pots and pans and cups, the chief tinmonger's noisy notice to the world (when the wind blew) that his shop was on hand for business at that corner.
It seemed to wind around the mound from top to bottom, like a cork-screw, twisting here and there between the rough boulders but always remaining level and easy to walk upon.
We were in the middle of a little six-cornered room, the sides of which were covered with mirrors from top to bottom.
So he put Joe's slate on the desk and drew a line down the middle of it from top to bottom.
I will join you when I have searched this old ruin from top to bottom, and found the gold, or found that there is none.
said he; and, slipping an open knife under my clothes, he ripped them up from top to bottom very rapidly.
He had gone forward but a short distance, when, to his chagrin, a wall of masonry barred his farther progress, closing the tunnel completely from top to bottom and from side to side.
look at your clean pinafore, wet from top to bottom.
Immediately in front of them, where the wall crossed the roadway, stood a gate having stout iron bars that extended from top to bottom.
When I folded up my things that night--when I reflected on the true riches which I had scattered with such a lavish hand, from top to bottom of the house of my wealthy aunt--I declare I felt as free from all anxiety as if I had been a child again.