One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to express the thorough or radical nature of a process or operation.‘root and branch reform of personal taxation’
completely, entirely, wholly, totally, utterly, thoroughlycomplete, total, entire, utter, thoroughView synonyms
- ‘We need a council of the Church that includes both the laity and the bishops and the clergy to get at this problem root and branch.’
- ‘You see, when someone attacks our caravans, we go after 'em root and branch.’
- ‘While one might want to ridicule a particular expression of curiosity, he would be careful of dismissing curiosity root and branch.’
- ‘Mr Davis takes issue with this claim root and branch.’
- ‘Pakistan, which is not a member of this grouping, has also been expressing its resolve to destroy the menace root and branch.’
- ‘This show demonstrates the determination of these artists not simply to rewrite the rules of fine art, but to recreate every aspect of their visual world, root and branch.’
- ‘The United States and other countries should be working to eradicate it, root and branch.’
- ‘But there is another possibility altogether: An individual or a community may entirely reject its own visceral code, root and branch, for the sake of what it has come to see as an ethically superior plane of existence.’
- ‘The place really is in dire need of root and branch reform.’
- ‘This, of course, is a post hoc error, one that most Americans reject, root and branch.’
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