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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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  • A more ardent and thoroughgoing expansionist is not to be found among eminent Americans of that time, or even of later times.

    Stephen Arnold Douglas William Garrott Brown
  • Mr. Work has cooperated with me in the most thoroughgoing manner.

  • But they are not thoroughgoing fatalists, inasmuch as disappointment quickly turns to resentment against something handy to blame.

    A Poor Man's House Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • It was all this that made him the thoroughgoing democrat that he was.

  • Truly it is not thoroughgoing or infallible in all cases, but then it must be helped by a little wide-awake self-conscious will.

    The Mystic Will Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Now, to do him justice, Trundle was a thoroughgoing boatswain.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • A drastic and thoroughgoing child-labor law should be enacted for the District of Columbia and the Territories.

British Dictionary definitions for thoroughgoing


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