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Difference between From nose to tail and Nose to tail

from nose to tail —(usually of animals) as measured from one extremity to the other:

  • A full grown mule deer measures about sixty five inches from nose to tail.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase from head to foot—(also: from top to toe)

1. all over a person’s body:

  • Women covered from head to foot can be seen shopping next to the mini-skirted Russian women.

2. in every way; in all respects:

  • A gentleman? … That he is, from head to foot.

nose to tail —(of motor vehicles) traveling or placed very close behind one another:

  • Traffic stood nose to tail right the way down the Strand.