hither and thither


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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.
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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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All the labourers in area are suffering and running hither and thither for help," he added.
Ever since I was a child, I've wanted to spend a day at a railways control room, just to see how they organise all the trains that go hither and thither all over the country.
Men brazenly occupied seats reserved for ladies, steadily ignoring the fact that hapless women and children were mercilessly pushed around hither and thither by the unruly crowd.
It is only twenty-five pages later in Beckett's text, when Arsene uses the expression "hither and thither" (" 'the pleasant dawdling motion carrying me about in the midst of them, hither and thither, with unparalleled sagacity' " (141), that the allusion is "complete" (141).
Media reports now and again offer the fleeting hope of the first signs of economic recovery hither and thither, but inasmuch as some Bulgarian officials are concerned, the credit crunch and the economic recession might as well have never happened.
On the other side Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani kept on looking hither and thither under humiliation.
Security goons ran hither and thither, while spin doctors in black Mormon suits issued statements to the effect that everyone's concerns were being taken seriously.
In fact, such has been the manic veering and swerving on the subject of Kauto Star over the past seven days, come King George time I fully expect Nick Luck to show up in the paddock at Kempton with a pair of big wavy arms and a swingometer to explain to us just how the weight of opinion has shifted hither and thither.
But it will certainly not do for politicians to merely go hither and thither swayed by the current ''atmosphere.
Waiters were indeed hurrying hither and thither with glasses of foaming beer, and not hesitate either to step fight over any one so unfortunate as to intervene between themselves and a probable customers, but they looked as if they had been boiling--I tried several times to get out, but was reduced to a state of submission by cries of"sit down, sit down.
There are alarums and excursions featuring a parrot and a defibrilator, and the scene closes with Eddie dragged hither and thither by a fearsomely realistic wild boar, kept by the pair for its nourishing milk.
For if missiles should be placed upon cars, and those cars upon tracks, to move hither and thither in response to the universal urge to avoid nuclear annihilation, why then, 0 asinine compatriots, should not hospitals be so emplaced?
They discovered, of course, people very like themselves, who want to make a good life for their families, work in ordinary jobs and who have children pulling them hither and thither for football matches and school projects.
Small retailers cannot, in the author's view, be grouped into a single socio-economic category and analyzed like a school of fish swimming hither and thither in a vain effort to avoid the sharks of corporate capitalism.
The late Dr Geoffrey Cuming once remarked that the trouble with many liturgical scholars is that their published works are all too frequently confined to articles and essays scattered hither and thither across the journals and other assemblages.