- to improve the capacity for speed or increase the efficiency of (a motor or engine) by increasing the richness of the fuel mixture or the efficiency of the fuel, or by adjusting the engine.
- to give spirit or vivacity to; enliven: a political rally souped up by the appearance of the candidates.
- from the first through the last course of a meal.
- from beginning to end; to a complete, encompassing degree; leaving nothing out.
Origin of soup
Related formssoup·less, adjectivesoup·like, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for from soup to nuts
Word Origin for soup
Idioms and Phrases with from soup to nuts (1 of 2)
from soup to nuts
Also, from A to Z or start to finish or stem to stern. From beginning to end, throughout, as in We went through the whole agenda, from soup to nuts, or She had to learn a whole new system from A to Z, or It rained from start to finish, or We did over the whole house from stem to stern. The first expression, with its analogy to the first and last courses of a meal, appeared in slightly different forms (such as from potage to cheese) from the 1500s on; the precise wording here dates only from the mid-1900s. The second expression alludes to the first and last letters of the Roman alphabet; see also alpha and omega. The third comes from racing and alludes to the entire course of the race; it dates from the mid-1800s. The last variant is nautical, alluding to the front or stem, and rear or stern, of a vessel.
Idioms and Phrases with from soup to nuts (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with soup
- soup up
- duck soup
- from soup to nuts
- in the soup
- thick as thieves (pea soup)