Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

through and through

through and through
Meaning(s)
1) thoroughly or completely
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    • I know him/her through and through
  • Analysis
     This expression emphasizes the completeness or thoroughness of something. It is commonly used in social situations, particularly when discussing the weather. For example, if you were caught in a heavy rain shower, you might say that you were 'wet through and through,' or if it was freezing cold you might say that you were 'cold through and through.'   
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Sandra may have lived in America for a number of years now, but she's Irish through and through.
    2. I know David through and through. He would never do something like that!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I've studied the report through and through, but still can't find a satisfactory explanation for what went wrong.
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