A to Z

\ ¦ā-tə-ˈzē How to pronounce A to Z (audio) \
variants: or less commonly A-Z

Definition of A to Z

1 or less commonly A to Z's : the full range of fundamental knowledge relating to some subject or activity They learn the A to Z of life, or at least work, on a farm, including agricultural mechanics, carpentry, building, welding, surveying, soil sampling and fertilizing.— William Labbee, Miami Herald, 26 Feb. 1989 … attendees will have an opportunity to speak with angel investors, learn the A to Z's of raising capital, watch two deal reviews and learn what it takes to get investor attention.Business Wire, 24 Sept. 2008 Learn the A-Z of buying a home.Asheville Citizen-Times, 15 Dec. 2003
2 : a book or similar resource containing comprehensive information on a particular subject arranged usually in alphabetical order The book is an A to Z of baseball. Written as an A-to-Z manual, it covers topics from acne and eczema to sun protection and vitiligo.— Julia Chance, Essence, July 2004 … an interactive A-Z for pensions, with the aim of creating the “most useful source of pension links and definitions anywhere to be found on the web.”Pensions Week, 17 May 2010
from A to Z
1 : from beginning to end At seven, I also make a vow to become a ballerina, to read every page of the Encyclopædia Britannica from A to Z, to ice-skate, and to meet the Bay City Rollers.— Monique Truong, Gourmet, September 2008 … planning a vacation from A to Z on the Internet can be daunting and time-consuming, since there are a multitude of sites devoted to travel.— Diane Bair et al., Parenting, June/July 2000 : including everything From A to Z, it took seven years to do. — David Brinkley, in U.S. News & World Report, 25 Apr. 1988
2 : in every particular : in every way : in all aspects The new health care reform act will affect how Medicare operates from A to Z.— Mike Smith, Benefits Selling, May 2010 This just seems a year when the Red Sox are mismatched from A to Z.— Kevin Kernan, New York Post, 18 May 2010

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First Known Use of A to Z

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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