How to use the phrase "run the gamut" and what does it mean?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    It means that it covers a range of factors

    For example: "The suspects ran the gamut, one was a doctor, one a bar tender, and one a mime!"

  • 1 decade ago

    gam·ut (gmt)

    NOUN:

    A complete range or extent: a face that expressed a gamut of emotions, from rage to peaceful contentment.

    Music The entire series of recognized notes.

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    ETYMOLOGY:

    Middle English, the musical scale, from Medieval Latin gamma ut, low G : gamma, lowest note of the medieval scale (from Greek, gamma; see gamma ) + ut, first note of the lowest hexachord (after ut, first word in a Latin hymn to Saint John the Baptist, the initial syllables of successive lines of which were sung to the notes of an ascending scale CDEFGA: Ut queant laxis resonare fibris Mira gestorum famuli tuorum, Solve polluti labii reatum, Sancte Iohannes)

    Source(s): American Heritage® Dictionary: Description of gamut
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