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adjective
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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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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