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Is "listening this music album up and down" correct English? It's supposed to mean "listening over and over again", but I've never seen it used.

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I agree with others (and yourself) in that I have never heard this phrase in English.

To me, it sounds like a literal translation of the German "rauf- und runterhören", which is a popular (and somewhat informal) idiom in that language. (See Google search one, two.)

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They aren't included in the Google Dictionary, what do they mean? –  Percy P. Jan 10 '11 at 10:23
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@Percy: "they" are just two different spellings of the same idiom, which, in German, means exactly what the OP says: "listen over and over again". It can be applied to a single song or an entire album. In the latter case, it has the connotation that you listen to the album without skipping any songs. –  RegDwigнt Jan 10 '11 at 10:31
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I have never heard or seen the phrase you mention.

I have heard / seen "listening up and down the dial" which refers to tuning in to radio stations at many different points along the broadcast frequency spectrum.

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I've never heard it either. Perhaps it's an analogy to the idiom of "looking (something) up and down"?

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There is an expression "look someone up and down" (ref) which means to examine someone carefully. I think that it's this expressions that has been applied to listening to an album.

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I've never heard that phrase before. Perhaps it is local slang? Some might consider it correct English if the word "to" was inserted between "listening" and "this".

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