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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/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).
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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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N.'s analyses the comment that the Rabbis holding different opinions appear in Rabbinic documents as partners of a "give and take" and "hither and yon" movement, rather than being opponents: agreement--most often implicit--on goal and principles pervades, and becomes manifest whenever common results or shared premises are mentioned, and in the fact that discussion remains "perpetually in control and capable of resolving matters at any single point" (187).
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In "No Cause for Alarm," a linguist plagued by unaccountable stomach rumbling repeatedly sets off London security alarms hither and yon, to his discomfort and frequent peril.
Building on the comic-book motif, Burns introduces a recurring hallucination: a Superman clone racing hither and yon, presumably saving people in distress and fighting for goodness and justice.
Family life is often not about being together, but going hither and yon, rushing to this soccer match or that movie.
Core groups of friends from college days are still intact, even though the gang has splintered hither and yon. They all listen to covers of hit records that were covers of someone else's hit record when Aretha did them 20 years ago.
Still, in the world around him there were numerous visual distractions of uncertain mean as a disparate chorus of men and women which passed hither and yon in casual illogical patterns.
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The two methods constitute the basis of a variety of numerical techniques for solving a range of problems in the physical sciences and applied mathematics, says Vastya, but explanations of them are scattered hither and yon, and tend to focus on their mathematical niceties and neglect their link with the physical phenomenon that they can actually help analyze.
As a supply teacher I am likely to be called hither and yon at short notice.
Pearl is only 12 years old, used to being hauled hither and yon by Ruby, her mother, who lies frequently and doesn't give Pearl much of a base to stand on in order to grow up.