Cover the waterfront



verb phrase

To be a complete account of something; be the whole story: Lake covers premarital agreements, no-fault divorce, even a will. That covers the waterfront

[1930s+; fr the title of a 1932 book by Max Miller, a journalist, exposing crime and corruption on the waterfront]

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