[from — to –] 1. Used with a repeated word to show thatsomething keeps on. Without ending.
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 door.
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.
He knowsmathematics from A to Z.
– Sometimes used in a short form like anadjective.
The airplane made a non-stop coast-to-coast flight.