root and branch

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From the Bible, Malachi 4:1 - "For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch." Used as a title for the Root and Branch Petition presented to the Long Parliament on December 11, 1640.

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root and branch ‎(comparative more root and branch, superlative most root and branch)

  1. Total, thorough, sweeping, complete, radical, drastic.

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root and branch ‎(comparative more root and branch, superlative most root and branch)

  1. Totally, completely.

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