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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 tizzy

Fig. in an excited and confused condition. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) John is in a tizzy because we're an hour late. Mary was in a tizzy when she couldn't find her keys.
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send/throw somebody into a tizz/tizzy

  (informal)
to make someone very upset, excited, or confused The idea of producing a meal for fifty people threw her into a tizzy. (informal)
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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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in a dither

mod. confused; undecided. Don’t get yourself in a dither.
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in a tizzy

mod. in a state of mental disorder. Fred is all in a tizzy.
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tizzy

(ˈtɪzi)
n. a state of confusion. (see also twit.) The kind of tizzy that this place gets into drives me up the wall.
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