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de arriba abajo
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (upward and downward)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¿Viste mis llaves? Las busqué de arriba abajo y no las pude encontrar.Have you seen my keys? I've searched high and low and I couldn't find them.
Leí la lista de arriba abajo y no vi tu nombre.I looked at the list from top to bottom and I didn't see your name.
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