exhaust (all) the possibilities

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idiom (1)

: to try everything one can
They've exhausted (all) the possibilities.

exhaust all/the possibilities

2 of 2

idiom (2)

: to do everything one can think of doing

Examples of exhaust (all) the possibilities in a Sentence

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As schools exhaust the possibilities of trims around the margins, what is left, administrators say, is payroll, typically the largest line item in higher education. Shawn Hubler, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2020
The acoustic detection was one significant piece of information, but the search had to continue to exhaust all possibilities, said Mark Cancian, a senior adviser with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Alex Horton, BostonGlobe.com, 22 June 2023

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“Exhaust (all) the possibilities.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhaust%20%28all%29%20the%20possibilities. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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