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hither and thither


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. To here and to there.
  • adv. In a disorderly manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. to and fro; backward and forward; in various directions.
  • adv. to this place and to that; one way and another.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. from one place or situation to another


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  • Soldiers promenaded up and down, women – the few who had chosen to follow their husbands 'fortunes – called to each other shrilly from the tent-doors, and even some children ran hither and thither in garments of startling untidiness.

    Jacqueline of the Carrier-Pigeons

  • Upon the hill-side were some thirty or forty Morlocks, dazzled by the light and heat, and blundering hither and thither against each other in their bewilderment.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

  • At one moment this afternoon there was a meeting in our own trees of two large flocks, chicadees and snow-birds; they were all in fine spirits at the approach of winter, restless and chirping, flitting hither and thither with rapid, eager movements.

    Rural Hours

  • He must have a mule, for his old feet will not bear him fast enough; ex - confessors of Her Majesty, moreover, do not travel on foot; and after more fussing and running hither and thither a mule is borrowed from one Juan Rodriguez Cabezudo of Moguer; and with a God-speed from the group standing round the lighted doorway, the old monk sets forth into the night.

    Christopher Columbus

  • For the being carried hither and thither by the shifting mental epidemics of the day, what is it, after all, but a tacit confession of weakness or disease? proving, at the least, that one has not strength of mind enough to “feel the soul of Nature,” or to live at peace with the solidities of reason.

    Shakespeare His Life Art And Characters

  • Running hither and thither with appetite for the coarse pastimes of the day, now with boisterous speed at the heels of the inspired negro from whose larynx the melodies of all Congo and Guinea Coast have broke loose into our streets; now to see the procession of a hundred yoke of oxen, all as august and grave as Osiris, or the droves of neat cattle and milch cows as unspotted as Isis or Io.

    A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

  • I fancied I could even feel the hollowness of the ground beneath my feet: could, indeed, almost see through it the Morlocks on their anthill going hither and thither and waiting for the dark.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

  • In either case, we assume what can never be proved, and an instrument is introduced of such subtlety and pliability as to make the Scriptures mean anything — ‘Gallus in campanili,’ as the Waldenses described it; ‘the weathercock on the church tower,’ which is turned hither and thither by every wind of doctrine.

    The Epistles of St. Paul to the Thessalonians, Galatians and Romans: Essays and Dissertations

  • In going hither and thither he observed in the outskirts of a small town a red-and-blue placard setting forth the great advantages of the Empire of Brazil as a field for the emigrating agriculturist.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • He bore the unappeasable pain of being obliged to make decisions, and in his confusion he was as helpless as those in my own times who watched multitudes of birds fly hither and thither in the bright sunshine, not knowing which ones might bear messages from heaven.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin


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  • Mimes, in the form of God on high,
    Mutter and mumble low,
    And hither and thither fly;
    Mere puppets they, who come and go
    At bidding of vast formless things
    That shift the scenery to and fro,
    Flapping from out their condor wings
    Invisible Woe.

    - Edgar A. Poe, 'The Conqueror Worm'.

    October 26, 2009