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  • I tend to think about it as "a full course eating experience". You start out with soup or salad and then you end up with a dessert that could consist of something like nuts. When I visit a buffet table, it's a similar thing... I can start out with appetizer and finish with a dessert item.
  • It means from the very beginning to the very end, including everything in between.
  • 1. (of a meal) complete or impressive in number of courses. 2. Informal.complete; all-inclusive. http://www.infoplease.com/dictionary/soup-to-nuts http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/soup Origin: 1935–40, Americanism Part of Speech: phrase Definition: from beginning to end; all of the courses or parts. Usage: used with 'from' To include or cover everything, as in a full, multicourse meal. http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=soup+to+nuts&r=66 Origin of the phrase is from formal dinners that started with a soup course and ended with the last course being a plate of mixed nuts. They're the courses in a (Victorian?) formal banquet. Soup is the first course, and the nuts are served with the brandy and cigars as the gentlemen retire to the billiards room. http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/6/messages/670.html "ab ova ad malum" (Latin) which means from eggs to apples - much the same idea of a complete dinner from appetizers to desserts.

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