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[thur-oh-goh-ing, -uh-goh-, thuhr-] /ˈθɜr oʊˌgoʊ ɪŋ, -əˌgoʊ-, ˈθʌr-/
doing things thoroughly.
carried out to the full extent; thorough.
complete; unqualified:
a thoroughgoing knave.
Origin of thoroughgoing
1810-20; thorough + going
Related forms
thoroughgoingly, adverb
thoroughgoingness, noun Unabridged
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  • He carried out his orders, both to his and my satisfaction, in thoroughgoing fashion.
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  • There have of course been plenty of materialists, many attempting to be thoroughgoing.
  • The sort of thoroughgoing changes required will take government action, which in turn will require strong public pressure.
  • If so, that would seem to preclude thoroughgoing commitments to war or peace or grand causes.
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  • And so, ten years ago, conservationists started to put in place a thoroughgoing eradication campaign.
  • Tenth-graders get a more thoroughgoing five hours focused on it.
  • Her studies have resulted in several books notable for their original thought and thoroughgoing research.
  • Many are extremely devoted and conscientious and do their best to do a thoroughgoing job.
British Dictionary definitions for thoroughgoing


extremely thorough
(usually prenominal) absolute; complete: thoroughgoing incompetence
Derived Forms
thoroughgoingly, adverb
thoroughgoingness, noun
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