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be scattered to the four winds

To be dispersed across a wide area. Our family has been scattered to the four winds now that all of our kids are in college in different states.
See also: four, scattered, wind


mod. drug intoxicated; confused by drug use. (see also scat.) Those poor kids are so scattered, they can’t even get themselves to class.

scattered from here to breakfast

In disarray. It's been suggested that something that is total disorder would take the rest of the day and all through the night—that is, until breakfast—to correct. Also heard as “from Hell to breakfast.”
References in classic literature ?
First come scattered strokes, running from one church to another, as when musicians give warning that they are about to begin.
Then let us find it," replied the Wizard, and so all got down on their hands and knees and began examining the scattered pieces.
A piece of his left knee is missing, having been lost years ago when he scattered himself too carelessly.
The Yellow Hen had sharp eyes and could put her head close to the various pieces that lay scattered around.
If we did, we'd leave these folks scattered," she returned, and this retort made everybody laugh good-naturedly.
But I don't like to leave all these poor people scattered," said Dorothy, undecided what to do.
They lie either scattered and single, in which case they are never hatched, and are called by the Spaniards huachos; or they are collected together into a shallow excavation, which forms the nest.
It is evident that there must at first be some degree of association between at least two females; otherwise the eggs would remain scattered over the wide plain, at distances far too great to allow of the male collecting them into one nest: some authors have believed that the scattered eggs were deposited for the young birds to feed on.
The twelve precious publications which I had scattered through the house, on the previous day; all returned to me by the doctor's orders
He scattered the pens about the table, so that they might lie ready in all directions to be taken up when wanted, and then cut the paper into a heap of narrow slips, of the form used by professional writers for the press.
When his first pen was worn out, THAT went over his shoulder too, and he pounced on a second from the supply scattered about the table.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa rain with snow over hills is expected at scattered places in Malakand, Hazara divisions, while rain is expected at isolated places at Peshawar, Kohat divisions.
She said each family member wanted to scatter their own pot of Michelle's ashes on the beach - where the remains of two other relatives were previously scattered.
The reason is that the cubic ones have six sides, and one beam of light going in through one side will be scattered into five beams of light going out through the other five sides.
com of Sedona, that are properly insured and licensed, bring comfort to grieving family and friends in knowing the ashes will be treated with respect and scattered in accordance with federal and state laws.