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Nov 24, 2009
This week's theme
Uncommon adverbs

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doggo
cap-a-pie
videlicet
apropos
scienter

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cap-a-pie

PRONUNCIATION:
(kap-uh-PEE)

MEANING:
adverb: From head to foot.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle French de cap a pé (from head to foot). Interestingly, in Modern French the order of head and foot has reversed in this term: de pied en cap.

USAGE:
"The guest curator is Dr David Starkey. He explains the first exhibit -- the Earl of Pembroke on a charger, both man and horse cap-a-pie in full armour."
Guy Liardet; Flesh and Blood of a Virgin Queen; The Times (London, UK); May 1, 2003.

See more usage examples of cap-a-pie in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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