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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 if (one) is coming or going

To be in a state of confusion, especially due to being overly busy or overwhelmed. I have so many appointments today, I do not know if I am coming or going.
See also: coming, going, if, know, not

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

Don't know what something is or how to use it. This phrase is typically used to describe unrecognizable food. What's this purple mess in the pot here? I don't know whether to eat it or rub it on.
See also: eat, know, on, rub

not know whether to laugh or (to) cry

To be in an acute state of shock, exasperation, or disbelief by an unexpected tragic or unfortunate event. When the team lost the championship in the final seconds of the game, they and their fans didn't know whether to laugh or to cry. I just found out all of my applications were rejected. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
See also: cry, know, laugh, not

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 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

not know whether you are coming or going

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If you don't know whether you are coming or going, you feel very confused and are unable to think clearly. We worked 16 hours a day. By the end of the week we didn't know whether we were coming or going. The truth is I'm so excited that I hardly know whether I'm coming or going.
See also: coming, going, know, not

not know whether you’re ˈcoming or ˈgoing

(informal) be confused about what you are doing, because you are doing too many things at the same time: I’ve got so much work to do that I don’t know whether I’m coming or going.
See also: coming, going, know, not

not know whether to ˈlaugh or ˈcry

(informal) be unable to decide how to react to a bad or unfortunate situation: Can you believe she said that to me? I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry!
See also: cry, know, laugh, not

whether or no

Regardless of circumstances.