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from stem to stern


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  • phrase nautical Over the full length of a ship or boat, from the front end of the vessel to the back end.
  • phrase idiomatic, by extension From front to back; from one end to the other end; entirely, fully.


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  • A phrase meaning "completely." Originally it was a nautical term referring to the entirety of a ship: The stem is the extension of keel at the forward of a ship; the stern is the rear of the ship, technically defined as the area built up over the sternpost, extending upwards from the counter to the taffrail.

    December 11, 2007