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A sultry, suggestive gaze or facial expression. You know I can't resist when you give me that come-hither look!
hither and thither
1. In many different places; everywhere. The kids came in from the beach tracking sand hither and thither. We've looked hither and thither for the cat, but there's no sign of him.
2. In many different directions; this way and that. People ran hither and thither when the store opened its doors for the big sale. They found the lost child wandering around hither and thither.
hither and yon
1. In many different places; everywhere. The kids came in from the beach tracking sand hither and yon. We've looked hither and yon for the cat, but there's no sign of him.
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 lost child wandering hither and yon.
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.
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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.
hither, thither, and yonand 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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
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.
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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
In or to many places; here and there: looked hither and thither for the ring; ran hither and yon.
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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.
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).
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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.
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price