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Art/Literary - Idioms / Maxims / Sayings
|English term or phrase: cover all the bases|
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I've found contradictory definitions and explanations of the roots for this idiom.
Comes from baseball, OK, but from which moment in baseball:
cover all the bases (American & Australian) also touch all the bases (American)
to deal with every part of a situation or activity It's a pretty full report. I think we've covered all the bases.
cover all the bases
to deal with every possibility Those movie awards cover all the bases - best villain, best fight, best kiss, best everything.
Both the above definitions from Cambridge dictionaries of American English
Then, sth else:
Cover all the bases (idea)
Return to Cover all the bases (idea)
An American idiom:
To be cautious and cover all possibilities in a given situation or plan or endeavor. To be aware of all consequences and be prepared for them as best as possible.
This phrase obviously has a baseball origin. It's a reference to the pitchers responsibility to make sure no one steals a base before his pitch. With bases loaded, he obviously has to keep an eye on all the bases.
the above from everything2.com, an American site as far as I can see
The meaning of the english idiom Cover all the bases
If you cover all the bases, you deal with all aspects of a situation or issue, or anticipate all possibilities. (’Cover all bases’ is also used.)
I found a proposed Polish translation, and it's "protect oneself for all eventualities"
Touching the bases or keeping an eye on opponents who try to steal a base?
Doing sth conscientiously now or preparing conscientiously for the future?
So I'm interested in both the origin and the meaning.
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