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cradle-to-grave (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Spanning an entire lifetime, from birth to death.
    • 2010, Salah El Haggar, Sustainable Industrial Design and Waste Management, Academic Press (→ISBN), page 125:
      Unsustainable human activities are creating an open loop “cradle-to-grave” system that cannot continue and has one day to reach a conclusion. Closing the loop for renewable resources is the role of changing the “cradle-to-grave” concept to a “cradle-to-cradle” concept as discussed in chapter 1.
    • 2010, Mungo MacCallum, The Monthly, April 2010, Issue 55, The Monthly Ptd Ltd, page 28:
      Politics should be a cradle-to-grave calling: anything else is mere distraction.

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