From soup to nuts

  • From soup to nuts is an idiom from the United States. An idiom is a phrase that is usually meant figuratively. We will look at the meaning of the term from soup to nuts, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.


    From soup to nuts means from the beginning to the end, the whole thing, the entire gamut. The term from soup to nuts comes from the full-course dinner served during the 1800s, which typically started with a soup course and ended with port served with nuts. A full course dinner may be from four to sixteen courses served sequentially. The term from soup to nuts also has its roots in the Latin term ab ovo usque ad mala which means from egg to apple, the first and last foods served in a Roman multi-course meal.



    Dr. Stanley A. Plotkin, a longtime vaccine researcher and scientific adviser to the new coalition, said members debated which of 10 diseases to target first and picked three because “taking a vaccine from soup to nuts costs at least half a billion dollars.” (The New York Times)

    This isn’t the typical Hollywood biopic which gives us the whole course of its subject’s life, from soup to nuts, birth to death. (The Independent)

    Fourth, President Obama’s team knew several months before the election that the Russians and others were trying to hack everything from soup-to-nuts and did nothing about it. (The Santa Maria Times)

    If you haven’t watched it yet, I seriously advise that you do‎, as I think you will find it difficult not to laugh out loud from gun to tape (or indeed from soup to nuts). (GQ Magazine)

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