cover all the bases

variants: less commonly

cover every base

Definition of cover all the bases

  1. :  to do or include everything that needs to be done or included The book is sometimes confusing because the writer tries too hard to cover all the bases. They reviewed the contract to make sure that it covered all the bases.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to guard from attack

    :  to have within the range of one's guns :  command

    :  to hold within range of an aimed firearm

  1. :  something that protects, shelters, or guards: such as

    :  natural shelter for an animal

    :  the factors that provide such shelter

  1. :  the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

    :  as much as possible

    :  every member or individual component of

  1. :  wholly, quite

    :  only, exclusively

    :  just

  1. :  the whole number, quantity, or amount :  totality

    : used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

    :  everybody, everything

  1. :  the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : plural ofbaseor ofbasis

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