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hither and yon

near and far. “Hither” means toward the speaker. “Yon” is “far away” (as in “beyond” and “over yonder”). Put them together and you've got all the territory covered. Another similar archaic phrase is “hither and thither,” meaning this way and that way, or a state of utter confusion.
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Still, in the world around him there were numerous visual distractions of uncertain mean as a disparate chorus of men and women which passed hither and yon in casual illogical patterns.
As the title with its image of trains rushing hither and yon would indicate, traveling plays a role in many of the stories.
We plan copious white space, and direct them hither and yon with cunning mauve arrows.
It's not so much fun, though, witnessing the reigning stars of humor getting yanked hither and yon - and having to make jokes about it while it's happening.
The two methods constitute the basis of a variety of numerical techniques for solving a range of problems in the physical sciences and applied mathematics, says Vastya, but explanations of them are scattered hither and yon, and tend to focus on their mathematical niceties and neglect their link with the physical phenomenon that they can actually help analyze.
As a supply teacher I am likely to be called hither and yon at short notice.
HOUSTON - The story of Milton Bradley is no longer one of temper tantrums, ill-timed ejections and baseball equipment thrown hither and yon.
Pearl is only 12 years old, used to being hauled hither and yon by Ruby, her mother, who lies frequently and doesn't give Pearl much of a base to stand on in order to grow up.
To which can be added the additional distinct possibility that there will soon be a UN standing army made up of troops from hither and yon but surely containing personnel and equipment supplied by the United States.
The fact that social constructivists can object to "rationality" while using the Internet and flitting to conferences hither and yon boggles the mind.
There would be a new, sudden need for military liaison officers stationed hither and yon, and military outposts where up-and-coming colonels could "consult" and "study" with their Italian counterparts.
Eli brings hope to the professional security officers struggling to maintain a reasonable level of security for an enterprise with hundreds of distance offices, telecommuters and travelers moving hither and yon across the globe.
Aggie and Thorne have lived hither and yon with their single mother over the years and really don't know what a home could be.
How can the average Southern California commuter, living hither and yon and working anywhere from Irvine to Oxnard, get another body into the car?
Michael Hammer and James Champy's Reengineering the Corporation has been the past year's major management best seller, and on the strength of its success Hammer, a former business professor at MIT, has emerged as one of America's hot new management gurus, jetting hither and yon to talk to conclaves of corporate executives for daily fees running into five figures.