from soup to nuts

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From the order of courses in a formal full course dinner, which typically begins with soup and ends with a dessert such as nuts.

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from soup to nuts

  1. (US) From the first course of a meal to the last.
  2. (idiomatic, US) From beginning to end; throughout.
    • We went through the whole agenda, from soup to nuts.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter VII:
      [That cat] is a broken reed to lean on in the matter of catching mice. My own acquaintance with him is a longstanding one, and I have come to know his psychology from soup to nuts. He hasn't caught a mouse since he was a slip of a kitten. Except when eating, he does nothing but sleep.

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