root-and-branch


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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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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