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come-hither look

A sultry, suggestive gaze or facial expression. You know I can't resist when you give me that come-hither look!
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hither and yon

All over; in every place. After our weekend at the beach, there's sand hither and yon. We're been hither and yon looking for the cat, but no luck yet.
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hither and thither

All over; in every place. After our weekend at the beach, there's sand hither and thither. We're been hither and thither looking for the cat, but no luck yet.
See also: and, hither, thither

hither, thither, and yon

1. In many different places; everywhere I try to keep some cash hither and yon around the house in case of emergences. We've looked hither and yon for the missing girl, but so far we've found not a trace.
2. In many different directions; this way and that. People ran hither and yon when the store opened its doors for the big sale. They found the poor mongrel wandering hither and yon.
See also: and, yon

come-hither look

an alluring or seductive look or glance, usually done by a woman. She blinked her bedroom eyes and gave him a come-hither look. She had mastered the come-hither look, but was not ready for the next part.
See also: look

hither, thither, and yon

 and hither and thither
everywhere; here, there, and everywhere. (Formal and archaic.) The prince looked hither, thither, and yon for the beautiful woman who had lost the glass slipper. The terrible wizard had sown the seeds of his evil vine hither, thither, and yon. Soon the evil, twisted plants began to sprout in all the land.
See also: and, yon

hither and thither

Also, hither and yon. Here and there, as in I've been wandering about, hither and thither, or Ruth went hither and yon, searching for her sister. These old words for "here" and "there" are rarely heard outside these expressions, which themselves may be dying out. [c. a.d. 725]
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ˌhither and ˈthither

(especially literary) in many different directions: When you look down at the square, you see all the people hurrying hither and thither.
Hither and thither are old words for ‘here’ and ‘there’.
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come-hither look

(kəmˈhɪðɚ lʊk)
n. an alluring or seductive look or glance, usually done by a woman. She blinked her bedroom eyes and gave him a come-hither look.
See also: look

hither and

thither/yon
In or to many places; here and there: looked hither and thither for the ring; ran hither and yon.
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come-hither look

A seductive or flirtatious glance, a come-on. This cliché represents one of the few surviving uses of the adverb hither, for “to this place” or “here,” which was commonplace in Shakespeare’s day (“Come hither, come hither, come hither” is in the song “Under the Greenwood Tree,” As You Like It, 2.5). The cliché dates from the first half of the 1900s and was frequently applied to film stars in romantic movies, in an era when a blunter sexual approach was frowned on.
See also: look

hither and thither/yon

Here and there; from here to there. The terms, which today have a somewhat archaic or poetic ring, include words that are rarely used outside these expressions: hither, for here; thither, for there; and yon, for yonder. Edward Fitzgerald’s translation of Omar Khayyam describes destiny (fate) playing a game of chess with human beings: “Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays” (1859). W. Somerset Maugham used the second expression with a similar meaning: “The wan characters of Chekhov’s stories drifted hither and yon at the breath of circumstances.” (Christmas Holiday, 1939).
See also: and, hither, thither, yon

hither and yon

near and far. “Hither” means toward the speaker. “Yon” is “far away” (as in “beyond” and “over yonder”). Put them together and you've got all the territory covered. Another similar archaic phrase is “hither and thither,” meaning this way and that way, or a state of utter confusion.
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A mum of two who lives near the raided home in Hither Green, south-east London, said: "Richard is in hiding and can probably never come home.
David Vincent and his son are uncle and cousin of Henry Vincent, 37, who died during a botched break- in at the home of Mr Osborn-Brooks, 78, in Hither Green, South East London in April.
Vincent died from a stab wound inflicted by Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, whose home in Hither Green, south-east London, he was burgling on April 4.
Removal men clear out OAP Richard Osborn-Brooks' Hither Green home after he was forced into hiding by threats
Around 20 women from the travelling community arrived at South Park Crescent in Hither Green to lay flowers close to the spot where Henry Vincent, 37, fell after being fatally injured in the home of 78-year-old Richard Osborn-Brooks.
It follows reports Richard will sell the home in Hither Green, south east London, where he killed Vincent, 37, in the early hours of April 4.
It makes parliamentary accountability fairly pathetic" Former Tory chancellor Kenneth Clarke saying that Parliament must be consulted before any military action on Syria is taken "I would wear a full-length cape if I could get away with it - I do love a good swirl in a fog" Actor Martin Freeman "That's what a cemetery is for" TV's Eamonn Holmes on the Hither Green floral shrine for the dead burglar
A woman looks at the floral tributes for Henry Vincent in Hither Green yesterday.
A Met statement said: "At 12.45am yesterday, police were called by a homeowner to reports of a burglary in progress at an address in South Park Crescent, Hither Green and a man injured.
Officers were called to reports of a burglary in progressm after two men entered a house in South Park Crescentm in Hither Green, south-east London, the Metropolitan Police said.
Officers were called to reports of a burglary in progress after two men entered a house in South Park Crescent in Hither Green, south-east London, the Metropolitan Police said.
Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, found two intruders inside his home in South Park, Hither Green, in London a little after midnight.
The depth of bilateral Saudi-Lebanese relations could never be fathomed by a mere cartoon and KSA respect for the Lebanese state, people, institutions and electing a new president is well known hither and thither; it emanates from permanent Saudi concern for Lebanese independence, sovereignty and ever presence on the Arab scene, the ambassador concluded.
Indeed, there was a time when Lebanon was an effortlessly attractive "come-hither" place for anyone, but that was in the past; as long ago as when expressions such as "come hither" were used to promote our shores.
Although, perhaps her words would have somewhat more gravitas if her songs weren't delivered with a come hither pout while thrusting across the stage in her pants.