merism

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English[edit]

Examples (polar extremes)

heaven and earth (the universe)
high and low (everywhere)

Etymology[edit]

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Examples (list of parts)

lock, stock, and barrell (the whole gun)
signed, sealed, and delivered (the whole process of communicating)

Noun[edit]

merism (countable and uncountable, plural merisms)

  1. (literature, rhetoric) Referring to something by its polar extremes, as in "we searched high and low".
  2. (literature, rhetoric) Referring to something by a list of its parts.