backward\ and\ forwards


backward\ and\ forwards
• backward(s) and forward(s)
adv. phr.
To the full extent; in all details; thoroughly; completely.

He understood automobile engines backwards and forwards.

He knew basketball rules backwards and forwards.

I explained matters to him so that he understood backwards and forwards how it was.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • backwards\ and\ forwards — • backward(s) and forward(s) adv. phr. To the full extent; in all details; thoroughly; completely. He understood automobile engines backwards and forwards. He knew basketball rules backwards and forwards. I explained matters to him so that he… …   Словарь американских идиом

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