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not know whether one is coming or going

To be in a state of utter confusion or chaos. There are so many things going on at once these days that I don't know whether I'm coming or going!
See also: coming, going, know, not, one

not know whether (one) is coming or going

To be in a state of confusion, especially due to being overly busy or overwhelmed. Lisa has been so busy getting everything ready for the party, she doesn't know whether she's coming or going.
See also: coming, going, know, not

(whether) by accident or design

Intentionally or not. Whether by accident or design, those high school kids have really created a solid, sustainable business.
See also: accident, design

don't know whether to eat it or rub it on

Rur. do not know what to do with something. (Used to describe a kind of food one does not recognize or that looks unusual.) (Also with doesn't. Don't used with all persons is folksy.) That sure was a fancy dessert Mary served. I didn't know whether to eat it or rub it on. What kind of sauce is this? I don't know whether to eat it or rub it on!
See also: eat, know, on, rub

not know whether one is coming or going and not know if one is coming or going

Fig. to be very confused. I'm so busy that I don't know if I'm coming or going. You look as if you don't know whether you're coming or going.
See also: and, coming, going, if, know, not, one

whether or not

either if something is the case or if something is not the case; one way or the other. I'll drive to New York tomorrow whether or not it rains. I'm going to the mall whether you come with me or not.
See also: not

not know whether to laugh or cry

to be very upset by something ridiculous When they announced that my flight was delayed for ten hours, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
See also: cry, know, laugh, not

whether or not

if something does or does not happen Whether or not she wins the championship, she'll still be one of the best swimmers we've ever had in the school.
Usage notes: often used in the form whether something or not: Whether you like it or not, I'm taking the car tonight.
See also: not

not know if/whether you are coming or going

to be unable to think clearly and decide what to do because you have so many things to deal with I had so much to do yesterday that I didn't know whether I was coming or going. The recent changes in the school curriculum mean that most teachers don't know if they're coming or going.
See also: coming, going, if, know

not know whether to laugh or cry

to be extremely upset by something bad that has happened Then they announced that my flight was delayed for ten hours. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
See also: cry, know, laugh

not know whether one is coming or going

see under coming or going.
See also: coming, going, know, not, one

whether or not

Also, whether or no. Regardless of whether, no matter if. For example, Whether or not it rains, we're going to walk to the theater, or She plans to sing at the wedding, whether or no anyone asks her to. The negative element in these constructions may also follow the subject and verb, as in I have to attend, whether I want to or not. [c. 1600]
See also: not

whether or no

Regardless of circumstances.