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de cabo a rabo
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (from one end to the other)
a. from beginning to end
Leí el ensayo que me mandaste de cabo a rabo.I read the essay you sent me from beginning to end.
El policía leyó el diario del chico de cabo a rabo, y no encontró nada que explicara su desaparición.The policeman read the boy's journal from beginning to end, and found nothing that would explain his disappearance.
b. from start fo finish
Estás equivocado. Yo me he visto la película de cabo a rabo, y Brad Pitt no sale.You're mistaken. I've watched the movie from start to finish, and Brad Pitt is not in it.
c. from cover to cover (book)
La profesora dijo que nos teníamos que leer el libro de cabo a rabo.The teacher said we had to read the book from cover to cover.
d. all over (place)
Nos recorrimos la isla de cabo a rabo en tan solo un día.We went all over the island in just one day.
2. (very well)
a. inside out
Esteban se conoce el país de cabo a rabo porque fue guía turístico.Esteban knows the country inside out because he was a tourist guide.
b. like the back of one's hand
El explorador había vivido con los indios apache y conocía la región de cabo a rabo.The explorer had lived with the Apache Indians and knew the region like the back of his hand.
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