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
    Commented Aug 14, 2023 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). Commented Aug 14, 2023 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
    Commented Aug 17, 2023 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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