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every which way

In every direction. With roads going every which way, I never know where to turn at that intersection. Juice flew every which way when I dropped the glass bottle on the floor.
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every which way

In all directions, as in Papers were blowing every which way. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
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every which way

in all directions; in a disorderly fashion. North American informal
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every ˈwhich way

(informal) in all directions: Her hair tumbled every which way.
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every which way

Informal
1. In every direction.
2. In complete disorder.
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every which way

In all directions, as in “The wind scattered the newspapers every which way.” An Americanism dating from the 1920s or earlier, it sometimes was put as “every which a ways.” Mark Twain used it in Roughing It (1872): “He . . . wound on rope all over and about it and under it every which way.”
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