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cover the waterfront

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cover the waterfront

verb phrase

To be a complete account of something; be the whole story: Lake covers premarital agreements, no-fault divorce, even a will. That covers the waterfront

[1930s+; fr the title of a 1932 book by Max Miller, a journalist, exposing crime and corruption on the waterfront]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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