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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

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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Without dither the output of ideal ADC has quantization error
Positive contribution of dither is lower peak-to-peak value of conditional mean E[[epsilon]|s] compared to error e without dithering.
in (Mariano & Ramos, 2006) the first and the second moment of quatization error were analyzed for sinusoidal input signal without dither.
Assuming symmetrical dither with zero mean the CF [[PHI].
In fact, we intend to publish the cartoons every time Major panics and dithers - so you might be seeing a lot of them
They show Major as Mr Panic, Mr Weak, Mr Spineless and Mr Dither.