[from --- to
---] 1. Used with a repeated word to show thatsomething keeps on. Without
The world grows wiser from ageto age.
He goes from day to day
without changing his necktie.
-Also used in a short form like an adjective.
The superintendentspends more time on plans for the future, and the principal
handlesthe day-to-day problems of the school.
2. Used with a repeated wordto
show that something happens again and again.
She sells facecream from door to
The artist goes from place to placepainting pictures.
- Also used in
a short form like an adjective.
Mr. Roberts began as a door-to-door salesman,
and now is president ofthe company.
3. Used with words showing opposite or
extreme limits,often to emphasize that something is very large or complete.
Theeagle's wings measured six feet from tip to tip.
Sarah read thebook from
cover to cover.
Mrs. Miller's dinner included everythingfrom soup to nuts.
That book is a bestseller from Maine toCalifornia.
The captain looked the
boy over from head to foot.
The dog sniffed the yard from end to end in
search of a bone.
This new car has been redesigned from top to bottom.
Thatbookstore has books on everything from archery to zoology.
Thetelevision show was broadcast from coast to coast.
from A to Z.
- Sometimes used in a short form like anadjective.
made a non-stop coast-to-coast flight.