root and branch

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of root and branch

chiefly British
1 : complete or thorough
  • a root and branch overhaul of local schools
2 : completely or thoroughly
  • The laws were reformed root and branch.

Word by Word Definitions

root play
  1. : the usually underground part of a seed plant body that originates usually from the hypocotyl, functions as an organ of absorption, aeration, and food storage or as a means of anchorage and support, and differs from a stem especially in lacking nodes, buds, and leaves

  2. : any subterranean plant part (such as a true root or a bulb, tuber, rootstock, or other modified stem) especially when fleshy and edible

  3. : the part of a tooth within the socket

  1. : to furnish with or enable to develop roots

  2. : to fix or implant by or as if by roots

  3. : to remove altogether by or as if by pulling out by the roots

  1. : to turn up or dig in the earth with the snout : grub

  2. : to poke or dig about

  3. : to turn over, dig up, or discover and bring to light

  1. : to noisily applaud or encourage a contestant or team : cheer

  2. : to wish the success of or lend support to someone or something

branch play
  1. : a natural subdivision of a plant stem

  2. : something that extends from or enters into a main body or source: such as

  3. : a stream that flows into another usually larger stream : tributary

  1. : to put forth secondary shoots or stems : to put forth branches (see 1branch 1) : ramify

  2. : to extend in different directions from a main part or point : to spring out (as from a main stem) : diverge

  3. : to develop or derive from a source : to be an outgrowth


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