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From thorough +‎ going (adjective).[1]



thoroughgoing (comparative more thoroughgoing, superlative most thoroughgoing)

  1. With great attention to detail; complete, thorough.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:total
    He did a thoroughgoing job of cleaning up the broken glass.
    • 1871, Walt Whitman, Democratic Vistas[1], New York: J.S. Redfield, page 50:
      It must be reiterated, as, for the purpose of these Memoranda, the deep lesson of History and Time, that all else in the contributions of a nation or age, through its politics, materials, heroic personalities, military eclat, &c., remains crude, and defers, in any close and thorough-going estimate, until vitalized by national, original archetypes in literature.
    • 1927, T. S. Eliot, “The Humanism of Irving Babbitt”, in Selected Essays, New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, published 1964, page 425:
      I am myself a thoroughgoing individualist, writing for those who are, like myself, irrevocably committed to the modern experiment.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, chapter XI, in Capricornia[2], New York: D. Appleton-Century, published 1943, page 182:
      Mr. Prayter was a thorough-going cleric in the way of eating. He ate till there was nothing left.
    • 1967, Time, "Marijuana is Still Illegal," 29 December, 1967, [3]
      After six months of preparation, Lawyer Joseph Oteri began in September the most thoroughgoing legal attack on antimarijuana laws ever made.

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  1. ^ Compare thoroughgoing, adj.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2017; thoroughgoing, adj.”, in Lexico,; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.