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I just received an email that included the phrase


meaning "end-to-end." Are there any other alternatives to this? eg cradle-to-grave? I want to include some in the reply email.

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If you want to include a similar phrase in your reply email just for fun, you can use the following Latin phrase:

ab ovo usque ad mala

It's basically the same thing as soup-to-nuts, except that it literally translates to "from the egg to the apples". This was the typical main meal in ancient Rome, where the phrase was created.

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nice one, thanks Bruno – oracle certified professional Nov 10 '10 at 16:11

How about from A to Z?

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From alpha to omega

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I've encountered "Womb to Tomb".

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this is a good alternative – oracle certified professional Aug 12 '11 at 13:03

You could use:

from start to finish

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I guess this one could be added to the list:

From stem to stern.

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