Other related patterns
from N to NThe first noun group comes after the preposition from, and is followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with to. In each case, only one or two noun groups are found after to: these are phrases.Nouns with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'head to foot' group
These nouns are used when emphasizing that the whole of something is involved or affected.
from end to end from head to foot/toe from stem to stern from top to bottom/toe
She was trembling from head to foot.
The 'beginning to end' group
These nouns are used to emphasize that the whole of an event or period of time is involved.
I always watch both programmes from beginning to end without quite knowing why.
'History' is the continuum of events occurring in succession leading from the past to the present and even into the future.
Other idioms and collocations are used with the same kind of meaning.
from beginning to end from start to finish from the cradle to the grave from the past to the present
'The Spice Route' transports the reader from the dawn of history to the ends of the earth.
The 'rags to riches' group
These nouns are used to indicate that someone or something changes or progresses.
from one extreme to the other from rags to riches from strength to strength
You know, people who go from rags to riches are afraid the good life will be snatched away from them.