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hither and thither


  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv hither and thither from one place or situation to another "we were driven from pillar to post"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hither and thither to and fro; backward and forward; in various directions.
    • Hither and thither to this place and to that; one way and another.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hither and thither back and forward: to and from
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  • Rebecca West
    “There is no wider gulf in the universe than yawns between those on the hither and thither side of vital experience.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hider; Goth. hidrê, Ice. hêðra.


In literature:

Hither and thither do they drive us.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Aug 8, 1917" by Various
Exactly at this epoch Pepin was engaging in a matter which did not allow him to scatter his forces hither and thither.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume I. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
But would not a man walking hither and thither in the night be accosted by some one?
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
Hardly knowing what he did, he walked the streets hither and thither.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
He turned and left the place; but the trouble that was plowing hither and thither through the deep of his meditations went with him.
"The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable
He loves the roses, and the birds' nests, and the flitting hither and thither of the butterflies.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol X" by Various
Afterwards I sought thee hither and thither, till hearing of thee in Egypt I went there and sought thee from synagogue to synagogue.
"The Brook Kerith" by George Moore
Officers in automobiles, afoot and on horseback, were rushing hither and thither continually.
"The Boy Allies On the Firing Line" by Clair W. Hayes
He had to hide in caverns, escape in disguise; fly hither and thither; homeless, in continual peril of his life.
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
Only the voice of the shepherdess is needed to send him hither, thither, and yon on such errands.
"Jean Francois Millet" by Estelle M. Hurll
Men hasten hither and thither, gathering their effects, expecting every moment to be ordered away.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
Edward's splendid cavalry rode hither and thither, charging again and again into the wavering band.
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
She is a veritable sprite for flitting hither and thither after thee.
"The Lord of Dynevor" by Evelyn Everett-Green
It was impelled hither and thither by even huger masses.
"International Weekly Miscellany, Vol. 1, No. 5, July 29, 1850" by Various
Everything was hurled hither and thither.
"The Personal Life Of David Livingstone" by William Garden Blaikie
Now it is as a voice heard faintly above the wind, borne hither and thither.
"In the Footprints of the Padres" by Charles Warren Stoddard
Thenceforth his life seems to have been one continual spasm, plunging hither and thither in transports of wild profligacy and repentance.
"Shakespeare: His Life, Art, And Characters, Volume I." by H. N. Hudson
More than once, as he walked hither and thither through the rooms, had Tom's glance crossed his.
"Tom Tufton's Travels" by Evelyn Everett-Green
With a soft, clucking sound she moved hither and thither.
"The Goose Girl" by Harold MacGrath
For the next few minutes she hurried hither and thither, and waited single-handed.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim

In poetry:

For once, for one hour, to catch and keep
The sweet June secret that mocks my heart;
Now lurking calm, like a thing asleep,
Now hither and thither with start and dart.
"A June-Tide Echo" by Amy Levy
Tis with the whip the boy sets up the top,
The whip makes it run round upon its toe;
The whip makes it hither and thither hop:
'Tis with the whip the top is made to go.
"Upon The Whipping Of The Top" by John Bunyan
The hopeless rain, a sigh, a shadow
Falters and drifts again, again over the meadow,
It wanders lost, drifts hither . . . thither,
It blows, it goes, it knows not whither.
"Three Songs Of The Enigma" by Robert Nichols
The howling winds will drive before them then,
This drifting dust of Fortune's feet in clouds;
And hither thither into ditch and den
Mis'ry and crime will rush in babbling crowds.
"The Great Strike" by Albery Allson Whitman
Hither and thither I wandering go,
With aimless haste and wearying fret;
In a search for pleasure and love? Not so,
Seeking desperately to forget.
You see so many, O Stars, you know.
"Starlight" by Laurence Hope
O beautiful Stars, when you see me go
Hither and thither, in search of love,
Do you think me faithless, who gleam and glow
Serene and fixed in the blue above?
O Stars, so golden, it is not so.
"Starlight" by Laurence Hope