the length and breadth of

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

throughout the whole of (a place).
See also: and, breadth, length, of
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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.
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.
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.
Plain X-ray for foot and hand was done for a subsample to measure the length and breadth of the metatarsals and metacarpals, respectively.
"This referendum campaign is reenergising and renewing democratic debate the length and breadth of the nation."
Known for his travels across the length and breadth of the country, he penned the highly acclaimed Driving Holidays in India in 2005.
I watched the interesting parts on BBC News over a couple of days and heard the same kind of foul-mouthed language and abusive comments that are commonplace daily events the length and breadth of this island.
Allardyce said yesterday: "I would like to reassure everyone connected with Bolton Wanderers that my immediate priority is to scour the length and breadth of Europe in the search for quality players that will improve our squad over the coming seasons.
He was already well traveled in the Soviet Union, and now he went the length and breadth of that far-flung territory to gather dances and dancers to represent the entire Soviet Union.
From golf breaks, to spa and leisure deals, to family holidays, all the best offers from the length and breadth of the country can be found with just the click of a mouse.
Maybe six months to a year of reading some authentic black fiction about the urban experience would open his eyes and spirit to what members of the African Diaspora have experienced in police states the length and breadth of the globe.
Blood spattered the length and breadth of our imitation Oriental rug, blood dripping from the splintered remains of our coffee table, blood smeared like a sign across my father's forehead, blood spurting from my cousin' s nose--and the two of them not so much fist fighting, no so much wresting as caroming, with a terrible bony thwack colliding, rearing back and charging in like men with antlers branching from their brows, fantastical, cross-species creatures sprung from mythology into our living room and pulping each other's flesh with their massive, snaggletooth horns.
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