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Leave no stone unturned

When the boss wants the job well done, he will tack onto his orders the phrase “leave no stone unturned.” 

By this he means that no effort should be spared in completing the work.  This expression has been with us since the days of the Oracle at Delphi in Greek mythology. You will recall that the oracle knew the answers to everything, because its source of wisdom was its prophetic communication with the gods. 

The tale was told by Euripides that one day, when consulted about the whereabouts of a treasure hidden by a vanquished general who had fled, the Oracle counseled that the way to find the treasure was to “leave no stone unturned.


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