to the (four) wind(s)

to the (four) wind(s)

In all or many different directions. After the company went bankrupt, our team was scattered to the wind. All my friends dispersed to the four winds after high school, so I don't have any strong desire to return.

to the four winds

Across a wide area. Said of something that has been dispersed. Our family has been scattered to the four winds now that all of our kids are in college in different states.
See also: four, wind

to the wind(s) (or the four winds)

1 in all directions. 2 so as to be abandoned or neglected.
1 1995 Kate Atkinson Behind the Scenes at the Museum My little flock scatters to the four winds and are hugged and congratulated by their respective parents for being so pretty, charming, cute, delightful, and so on.
See also: wind