That's a part of Oracle and Neo dialogue from Matrix:

Oracle: So, what do you think? You think you're the one?

Neo: I don't know.

Oracle: You know what that means? It’s Latin. Means “Know thyself”. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Being The One is just like being in love. No one can tell you you’re in love, you just know it. Through and through. Balls to bones. Well, I better have a look at you. Open your mouth, say Ahhh.

Question: what are the other ways to say the phrase "balls to bones"? Maybe more common or polite ones but widely used still?

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    "balls to bones" isn't a common idiom, I suspect it was made up for the movie, I can't find any written examples in google before the Matrix movie, although it has gained some currency since then.
    – James K
    Aug 14 at 14:17
  • Throughout my body, from my head to my feet, from my balls (testicles) (important part of my body) to my bones (a fundamental part of me). Aug 14 at 17:39

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There's a synonym already in the quotation - "through and through".

Another common one would be "head to toe". Also, you can say someone has a quality "down to their bones".

  • "Through and through" is the obvious one.
    – Steve Ives
    Aug 17 at 7:52

A similar phrase would also be - "soup to nuts".

From Wikipedia:

"Soup to nuts" is an American English idiom that conveys the meaning of "from beginning to end", derived from the description of a full course dinner. Soup to nuts may also refer to: Soup to Nuts, a 1930 feature film starring the trio who later became the Three Stooges.

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