from soup to nuts

soup

[soop]
noun
1.
a liquid food made by boiling or simmering meat, fish, or vegetables with various added ingredients.
2.
Slang. a thick fog.
3.
Slang. added power, especially horsepower.
4.
5.
Photography Slang. developing solution.
Verb phrases
6.
soup up, Slang.
a.
to improve the capacity for speed or increase the efficiency of (a motor or engine) by increasing the richness of the fuel mixture or the efficiency of the fuel, or by adjusting the engine.
b.
to give spirit or vivacity to; enliven: a political rally souped up by the appearance of the candidates.
Idioms
7.
from soup to nuts,
a.
from the first through the last course of a meal.
b.
from beginning to end; to a complete, encompassing degree; leaving nothing out.
8.
in the soup, Informal. in trouble: He'll be in the soup when the truth comes out.

Origin:
1645–55; 1940–45 for def 6; < French soupe, Old French souppe, sope < Germanic; compare Dutch sopen to dunk. See sop

soupless, adjective
souplike, adjective


1. broth, stock, potage.
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soup (suːp)
 
n
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]

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Word Origin & History

soup
"liquid food," 1653, from Fr. soupe "soup, broth," from L.L. suppa "bread soaked in broth," from a Gmc. source (cf. M.Du. sop "sop, broth"), from P.Gmc. base *supp-, from PIE *sub-, from base *seue- "to take liquid" (see sup (2)). Primordial soup is from a concept first expressed
1929 by J.B.S. Haldane. Soup kitchen is attested from 1839. In Ireland, souper meant "Protestant clergyman seeking to make proselytes by dispensing soup in charity" (1854).

soup
"increase the horsepower of an engine," 1921, probably from soup (n.) in slang sense of "narcotic injected into horses to make them run faster" (1911), influenced by supercharge (v.).
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Idioms & Phrases

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.

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