the length and breadth of (something)

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the length and breadth of (something)

The entire space or area of something or some place; everywhere in a place or area. The coach made me run the length and breadth of the field for the rest of practice for cursing at him. We're spending three months traveling the length and breadth of the East Coast this summer. I searched the length and breadth of the house, but I couldn't find my keys anywhere.
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the length and breadth of something

COMMON If someone does something or something happens the length and breadth of a place, it is done or happens everywhere in that place. The group built their reputation by playing shows across the length and breadth of North America. She has travelled the length and breadth of Britain.
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the length and breadth of

throughout the whole of (a place).
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the length and ˈbreadth of something

everywhere in an area: I’ve travelled the length and breadth of Europe, but I’ve never seen such beautiful scenery as here.
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No, no, my Lord; we Squares are better advised, and are as well aware as your Lordship that a Woman, though popularly called a Straight Line, is, really and scientifically, a very thin Parallelogram, possessing Two Dimensions, like the rest of us, viz., length and breadth (or thickness).
Having noticed that the number indicating the greatest depth was apparently in the centre of the map, I laid a rule on the map lengthwise, and then breadthwise, and found, to my surprise, that the line of greatest length intersected the line of greatest breadth exactly at the point of greatest depth, notwithstanding that the middle is so nearly level, the outline of the pond far from regular, and the extreme length and breadth were got by measuring into the coves; and I said to myself, Who knows but this hint would conduct to the deepest part of the ocean as well as of a pond or puddle?
Given, then, the length and breadth of the cove, and the character of the surrounding shore, and you have almost elements enough to make out a formula for all cases.
Such a rule of the two diameters not only guides us toward the sun in the system and the heart in man, but draws lines through the length and breadth of the aggregate of a man's particular daily behaviors and waves of life into his coves and inlets, and where they intersect will be the height or depth of his character.
A vast pulpy mass, furlongs in length and breadth, of a glancing cream-color, lay floating on the water, innumerable long arms radiating from its centre, and curling and twisting like a nest of anacondas, as if blindly to clutch at any hapless object within reach.
In the skeletons of the several breeds, the development of the bones of the face in length and breadth and curvature differs enormously.
At every turn of the path we were following, the lake appeared in all its length and breadth. The lantern lit up the whole of its peaceable surface, which knew neither ripple nor wave.
Summary: New Delhi [India] August 16(ANI/NewsVoir): In a major drive to skill up tyre mechanics dotting the length and breadth of India, mobile Skill Vans, fitted with state-of-the-art equipment's were flagged off from Trade Facilitation Center, Chandmari, Badalapur, Varanasi, to increase the reach for Eastern UP belt.
Is there anyone God-fearing to take a serious notice of adulterated/contaminated milk being supplied to the citizens through the length and breadth of the country as a result they die a premature death?
Now the usage of the word breadth is illustrated as follows: 1) We need to take an accurate measurement of the length and breadth of the cloth.
A glossy pictorial that traverses the length and breadth of the country and explores architectural wonders from both times long gone to more recent years.
Our beers are now sold the length and breadth of the country from Hove and all the way up to Newcastle."
The new venture to be called BSE-Ebix plans to deploy an insurance distribution exchange platform that will allow distribution outlets, stock brokers, wealth management advisors and financial institutions etc.across the length and breadth of the country to sell life and non-life products.
[3] The geometry of sacral length and breadth also varies among different populations leading to variations in average sacral index.
Materials and Methods: Measurements of body weight, stature, foot length and breadth as well as hand length and breadth were taken from 400 randomly selected students in Al Baha University aged 19-22 years (290 male and 110 female).