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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 economy is still all of a dither after news that the country's largest corporation has filed for bankruptcy.
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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. The economy is still in a dither after news that the country's largest corporation has filed for bankruptcy.
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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 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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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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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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Theory of nonsubtractive dithering has been discussed in the paper from the general quantization theory point of view using characteristic functions.
Even though we're dithering the rudder, on average it will be neutral when landing into a direct headwind.
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Mr Bushill-Matthews called for the government to stop "dithering" over the issue and let voters have their say after 56.3 per cent of Swedes voted against scrapping the kroner.
All of which, she writes, will likely factor into the federal government's dithering over whether or not homosexuals should be allowed to marry.
After years of dithering, Congress seems ready to allow higher spending on wastewater and drinking water system maintenance and construction.
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Nicholas, a "young man of impetuous temper and of little or no experience," loses his father and has to look out for his dithering mother and lovely sister Kate.
Still dithering, he urges his wife Selma (Posey) to make an excuse to the boss at his market research firm, and to go buy a wrench and fix the shower -- a ludicrous suggestion.
On January 25, 1997, the British medical journal The Lancet supported a delay in authorizing the clinical application of xenotransplantation with the caveat, "...provided that productive discussion and not further dithering is the objective." After 3 years of productive discussion and research, "most of which has been conducted openly and with little perceptible input from experts suborned by commercial interests to bend option their way," it is now time to move on, the editors wrote in the November 13 issue.
The real choice for the socialist movement in the early twentieth century, however, was not between Lenin and Luxemburg, whose naive, unplanned dithering never led to any practical results worth mentioning, but rather between Lenin and Europe's social democrats--many of whom followed careful, well-thought-out plans to political success in democracies across the continent.
Whether these stringent provisions will ultimately pass muster with a government that has already started dithering over them remains to be seen.
The Government, whoever it is, will still be dithering on digital issues.
Summary: The debate over Gordon Brown's favourite biscuit has returned to the political agenda as David Cameron accuses the PM of "dithering".