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Difference between From top to bottom and From top to toe

from top to bottomin every part (of a house):

  • The police searched the house from top to bottom.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase from the zenith to the nadir(liter.) from the highest to the lowest possible point in one’s fortunes, etc.:

  • The film flopped, and all Chu’s contracts were cancelled. In no time he plummeted from the zenith to the nadir.

from top to toe—(also: from head to foot)

1. all over a person’s body:

  • He was covered in mud from top to toe.

2. in every way; in all respects:

  • He was French from top to toe, sleek and elegant.