up hill and down dale

up hill and down dale

All over the area; far and wide. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I had to go up hill and down dale to find an open shop, but finally I found a tiny corner market in the hamlet.
See also: and, down, hill, up

up hill and down dale

all over the place.
2001 Observer Why get ourselves bogged down with trials which may last many months and see our staff cross-examined up hill and down dale as defence counsel play the game of hunt the informant?
See also: and, down, hill, up

up ˌhill and down ˈdale

to or from many places; everywhere: They cycled up hill and down dale, glad to be away from the city.
A dale is a valley.
See also: and, down, hill, up
References in classic literature ?
I can harp another tune that will bring loving souls together though they were up hill and down dale five good miles away from each other.
And warn't it me as had been tried afore, and as had been know'd up hill and down dale in Bridewells and Lock-Ups?