Definition of root and branch in English:

root and branch


  • Used to express the thorough or radical nature of a process or operation.

    ‘root and branch reform of personal taxation’
    • ‘The place really is in dire need of root and branch reform.’
    • ‘You see, when someone attacks our caravans, we go after 'em 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.’
    • ‘The United States and other countries should be working to eradicate it, root and branch.’
    • ‘Mr Davis takes issue with this claim root and branch.’
    • ‘This, of course, is a post hoc error, one that most Americans reject, root and branch.’
    • ‘While one might want to ridicule a particular expression of curiosity, he would be careful of dismissing curiosity 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    completely, entirely, wholly, totally, utterly, thoroughly
    complete, total, entire, utter, thorough
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