from top to bottom


1. complete; thoroughly






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clear things out from top to bottom

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To search from 'top to bottom' means to thoroughly and completely search somewhere. You can clean, tidy or search something from top to bottom for example. Meaning that you have done it thoroughly or in detail. If you 'clean the house from top to bottom' you have cleaned all of it very well. This is a common phrase used in social and professional contexts.

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  1. The kitchen was in such a mess that I had to clean it from top to bottom before I started cooking.
  2. I searched my house from top to bottom to find the book I was looking for. Then I found it under my bed.

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  1. The CEO ordered a clear-out of the executive board from top to bottom.
  2. The new Social Media Manager vowed there would be changes from top to bottom when she started.
  3. We need that document immediately I want everyone to search the office from top to bottom until we find it.

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