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all in a dither

In a nervous, confused, or agitated state. We were all in a dither waiting to meet the president at our school rally. The interviewer kept asking these really vague, convoluted questions and got me all in a dither.
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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 interviewer kept asking these really vague questions and got me all of a dither.
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in a dither

In a nervous, confused, or agitated state. We were in a dither waiting to meet the president at our school rally. News that the country's largest corporation has filed for bankruptcy has left the market in a dither. The interviewer kept asking these really vague questions and got me in a dither.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

in a dither, all

In a jittery, agitated state. This expression dates from the early 1800s, when it also was put as of a dither. The noun dither comes from the Middle English verb didderen, meaning “to tremble.” A newer synonym is in a tizzy, dating from the first half of the 1900s. Its origin is not known.
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Dither signals are classified into two categories; the dither in low and high frequency PWM.
in (Mariano & Ramos, 2006) the first and the second moment of quatization error were analyzed for sinusoidal input signal without dither. As we prefer evaluation of moments from characteristic function (CF) it is now favorable to write conditional CF of error e resulting from area sampling process
Reports of delay and dither over Brexit will add to uncertainty in the markets, on jobs, housing and investment.
There are several types of dither (Carbone & Petri, 1994) and usually uniform noise leads to best results, if peak-to-peak value [D.sub.d] of noise equal to one quantization step q could be provided, [D.sub.d] = q.
Can the city council get its act together if only for once, and give this proposition 110% backing and not dither as usual and lose to to somewhere else?
So if Ford are still dithering about whether we should have a right-hooker here in the UK, I say dither no more.
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This led to Ward accusing the coalition of being in a dither about dithering.
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The Queen is also concerned that Kate, 26, cannot settle into a career while William dithers.