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English definition of “from stem to stern”

from stem to stern

US
from one end of something to the other: We overhauled the car from stem to stern.Complete and wholeVery and extreme
(Definition of from stem to stern from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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