root-and-branch


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root-and-branch

adj
1. on a large scale or without discrimination; wholesale: root-and-branch reforms.
adv
2. entirely; completely; utterly: Brazil needs reform root and branch.
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Ronnie Renucci, defending, told Perth S heriff Court: "The company have undergone root-and-branch reform."
Prosecutions has called for a root-and-branch review of how legal aid is paid to defence lawyers.
Mr McGrory said: "I think there needs to be a root-and-branch examination of the criminal justice system."