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From Soup to Nuts : Phrases


The full course of an elaborate meal, beginning with soup, through the various courses, and ending, at least in this case, with nuts.



As a metaphor for from beginning to end or the whole range of things, this phrase is used in all sorts of contexts.

This phrase dates back to the mid-20th century, while similar sayings have been in use since the 16th century. The only difference in the various incarnations of this metaphor seems to be in what was considered to constitute a full meal in each historical period - in the 17th century, it was "from eggs to apples.

Unless Americans wean themselves from junk food pretty quickly, future generations will probably be hearing a new version of the phrase - From Whoppers to Haagen-Dazs.

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