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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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