to the core

Definition of to the core

  1. :  in a very complete or extreme way —used for emphasis He is patriotic to the core. Her family is English to the core. He's rotten to the core. They were shaken to the core.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a central and often foundational part usually distinct from the enveloping part by a difference in nature : such as

    :  the usually inedible central part of some fruits (such as a pineapple)

    :  the papery or leathery carpels composing the ripened ovary in a pome fruit (such as an apple)

  1. :  to remove a core (see 1core 1a) from

  1. :  a group of people

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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