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on a large scale or without discrimination; wholesaleroot-and-branch reforms
adverb root and branch
entirely; completely; utterlyBrazil needs reform root and branch
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How to use root-and-branch in a sentence
And it begins with the root-and-branch rejection of Abraham Lincoln.The Rancid Abraham Lincoln–Haters of the Libertarian Right|Rich Lowry|June 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He had a bold, forward-looking mind, and was in favour of root-and-branch changes.War Letters of a Public-School Boy|Paul Jones.
Thenceforward it was tacitly agreed between them that all root-and-branch criticism of Kitty and her ways was taboo.The Marriage of William Ashe|Mrs. Humphry Ward
Thus the would-be root-and-branch reforms found themselves in a dilemma.Russia|Donald Mackenzie Wallace
Reform is impossible; therefore let there be root-and-branch revolution.The Life of Mazzini|Bolton King
If you go in for root-and-branch efforts, you will get root-and-branch results.The Authoritative Life of General William Booth|George Scott Railton
Other Idioms and Phrases with root-and-branch
root and branch
Utterly, completely, as in The company has been transformed root and branch by the new management. Alluding to both the underground and aboveground parts of a tree, this idiom was first recorded in 1640.
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