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all of a dither

In a nervous, confused, or agitated state. We were all of a dither waiting to meet the president at our school rally. The economy is still all of a dither after news that the country's largest corporation has filed for bankruptcy.
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in a dither

confused; nervous; bothered. Mary is sort of in a dither lately. Don't get yourself in a dither.
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in a dither

Also, all of a dither; in a flutter or tizzy . In a state of tremulous agitation, as in Planning the wedding put her in a dither, or He tried to pull himself together, but he was all of a dither, or She showed up in such a flutter that our meeting was useless. The noun dither dates from the early 1800s and goes back to the Middle English verb didderen, "to tremble"; in a flutter dates from the mid-1700s; in a tizzy dates from about 1930 and is of uncertain origin.
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dither

(ˈdɪðɚ)
n. a state of confusion. (see also in a dither.) He can’t seem to get out of this dither he’s in.

in a dither

mod. confused; undecided. Don’t get yourself in a dither.
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But it can, however, be accused of dithering over the euro as the Conservatives also dithered over European matters in general.
Lib-Dem trade and industry spokesman Vince Cable said: "Labour has dithered long enough.
But since 1995, when legislation was enacted abolishing the state Cemetery Board and transferring duties to the state Department of Consumer Affairs, state officials have dithered and sidestepped responsibility.
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Outcome: No 1 choice dithered before finally ruling himself out, insisting he wants to see out his contract at the Nou Camp.
Outcome: Emerged as favourite as Bobby Robson dithered, but was offered a lucrative new contract at Filbert Street.