|1.||a liquid food made by boiling or simmering meat, fish, vegetables, etc, usually served hot at the beginning of a meal|
|2.||informal a photographic developer|
|3.||informal See also peasouper anything resembling soup in appearance or consistency, esp thick fog|
|4.||a slang name for nitroglycerine|
|5.||informal in the soup in trouble or difficulties|
|[C17: from Old French soupe, from Late Latin suppa, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German suppe, Old Norse soppa soup]|
from soup to nuts
Also, from A to Z or start to finish or stem to stern. From beginning to end, throughout, as in We went through the whole agenda, from soup to nuts, or She had to learn a whole new system from A to Z, or It rained from start to finish, or We did over the whole house from stem to stern. The first expression, with its analogy to the first and last courses of a meal, appeared in slightly different forms (such as from potage to cheese) from the 1500s on; the precise wording here dates only from the mid-1900s. The second expression alludes to the first and last letters of the Roman alphabet; see also alpha and omega. The third comes from racing and alludes to the entire course of the race; it dates from the mid-1800s. The last variant is nautical, alluding to the front or stem, and rear or stern, of a vessel.