this-a-way and that-a-way

this-a-way and that-a-way

colloquial In one direction and then another. I looked this-a-way and that-a-way, but I didn't see any sign of the sheriff anywhere. I tried to keep the kids in one place, but they kept running this-a-way and that-a-way.
See also: and

this a-way and that a-way

Rur. first one way and then the other. She was craning her neck this a-way and that a-way, looking for him. The dogs were running this a-way and that a-way.
See also: and, that, this