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"I walked over hill and valley" from a workbook

Does this mean walk all over hill and valley? or other things?

  • It's funny, the words you italicized seem straightforward to me, and the ones you didn't, don't. – Dan Bron Nov 19 '15 at 15:34
  • @DanBron - I guess the main question is in the headline: "what is this over?" – CowperKettle Nov 19 '15 at 15:36
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The preposition "over" has been used in the sense of across, throughout, or from one side to the other side of the hill and the valley.

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    Is it just me, or should hill and valley be taken to be (possibly) plural? I read "over hill and valley" as a kind of summary, where it could be translated to "over at least one hill and at least one valley". – colllin Nov 19 '15 at 16:12
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    I think "over hill and valley" is idiomatic and metaphorical here. It does not mean literally one hill and one valley, just a way of describing terrain. – stangdon Nov 19 '15 at 17:44
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    A similar idiom is "over hill and dale" which just means traveling through varying terrain, often walking. – mkennedy Nov 19 '15 at 20:24
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    I agree with @colllin, this is just a fancy/poetic way to say over hill[s] and valley[s]. It doesn't (and can't) mean one specific hill or valley. Colllin's 'translation' is right. (And I think the OP's real confusion is coming from the lack of any article for hill and valley, but I might be wrong.) – Numeri Nov 19 '15 at 22:13
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    8906335678, Across also means from one side to the other of something. He walked across the road. – Khan Nov 20 '15 at 2:25

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