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Is there a term for "from X to Y" that includes everything? Like every animal, "from snail to elephant." Or "through thick and thin."

Added later: Sorry, I think I was misunderstood - I meant to ask for a technical term to describe that concept, rather than a parallel term for the concept. So, for example, a merism is a way or referring to a whole by its parts, but is there a term that means "a way to refer to the whole by saying 'from X to Y'?"

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    the whole kit and caboodle? – curious-proofreader Jun 12 '15 at 2:34
  • @curious-proofreader I honestly thought it was "kitten caboodle"! – Dog Lover Jun 12 '15 at 2:49
  • that's a common mistake, DogLover. Like say "tenterhooks". – Fattie Jun 12 '15 at 3:31
  • "From soup to nuts, inclusive" sounds pretty scientific. – Sven Yargs Jun 14 '15 at 5:30
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The remarkably simple answer here is

from A to Z.

Is there a term for 'from X to Y' that includes everything? Yes, the term is from A to Z.


You now ask, I believe, essentially, a rather specific question about a variant of the obscure word merism: I suggest, close out this question and ask a new one about that.

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  • Sorry, I think I was misunderstood - I meant to ask for a technical term to describe that concept, rather than a parallel term for the concept. So, for example, a merism is a way or referring to a whole by its parts, but is there a term that means "a way to refer to the whole by saying 'from X to Y'?" – Sarra Jun 13 '15 at 22:46

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