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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

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 to laugh or cry

to be very upset by something ridiculous When they announced that my flight was delayed for ten hours, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
See also: cry, know, laugh, not

whether or not

if something does or does not happen Whether or not she wins the championship, she'll still be one of the best swimmers we've ever had in the school.
Usage notes: often used in the form whether something or not: Whether you like it or not, I'm taking the car tonight.
See also: not

not know if/whether you are coming or going

to be unable to think clearly and decide what to do because you have so many things to deal with I had so much to do yesterday that I didn't know whether I was coming or going. The recent changes in the school curriculum mean that most teachers don't know if they're coming or going.
See also: coming, going, if, know

not know whether to laugh or cry

to be extremely upset by something bad that has happened Then they announced that my flight was delayed for ten hours. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
See also: cry, know, laugh

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

whether or no

Regardless of circumstances.
References in classic literature ?
Later when her son David was born, she could not nurse him and did not know whether she wanted him or not.
Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge.
And the same with a king's son; it don't make no differ- ence whether he's a natural one or an unnatural one.
I need say nothing here, on the first head, because nothing can show better than my history whether that prediction was verified or falsified by the result.
I asked Joe whether he had heard if any of the other relations had any legacies?
I was frequently rallied by the queen upon account of my fearfulness; and she used to ask me whether the people of my country were as great cowards as myself?
Well, Chaerephon, as you know, was very impetuous in all his doings, and he went to Delphi and boldly asked the oracle to tell him whether--as I was saying, I must beg you not to interrupt--he asked the oracle to tell him whether anyone was wiser than I was, and the Pythian prophetess answered, that there was no man wiser.
CRITO: Well, I will not dispute with you; but please to tell me, Socrates, whether you are not acting out of regard to me and your other friends: are you not afraid that if you escape from prison we may get into trouble with the informers for having stolen you away, and lose either the whole or a great part of our property; or that even a worse evil may happen to us?
The inference which naturally results from these considerations is this, that the President and senators so chosen will always be of the number of those who best understand our national interests, whether considered in relation to the several States or to foreign nations, who are best able to promote those interests, and whose reputation for integrity inspires and merits confidence.
If then you can do anything--for you too cannot sleep--let us go the round of the watch, and see whether they are drowsy with toil and sleeping to the neglect of their duty.
What was the meaning or purpose of this custom, whether it was practiced merely as a diversion, or whether it was a religious exercise, a sort of family prayers, I never could discover.
Whether they will be as readily received at the gate of the Celestial City I decline giving an opinion.
Whether he be cold and cruel, whether immovable in what he has made his duty, whether absorbed in love of power, whether determined to have nothing hidden from him in ground where he has burrowed among secrets all his life, whether he in his heart despises the splendour of which he is a distant beam, whether he is always treasuring up slights and offences in the affability of his gorgeous clients--whether he be any of this, or all of this, it may be that my Lady had better have five thousand pairs of fashionahle eyes upon her, in distrustful vigilance, than the two eyes of this rusty lawyer with his wisp of neckcloth and his dull black breeches tied with ribbons at the knees.
But whether any person is such by nature, and whether it is advantageous and just for any one to be a slave or no, or whether all slavery is contrary to nature, shall be considered hereafter; not that it is difficult to determine it upon general principles, or to understand it from matters of fact; for that some should govern, and others be governed, is not only necessary but useful, and from the hour of their birth some are marked out for those purposes, and others for the other, and there are many species of both sorts.
David wondered if it began little, and grew and grew, till it was quite grown up, and whether the other walks are its babies, and he drew a picture, which diverted him very much, of the Broad Walk giving a tiny walk an airing in a perambulator.