hither and thither

hither and thither (not comparable)

  1. (rare, now literary) To here and to there, in a reciprocating manner.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 54
      And the passion that held Strickland was a passion to create beauty. It gave him no peace. It urged him hither and thither.
  2. (figuratively) In a disorderly manner.
    • 1895 October 1, Stephen Crane, chapter 12, in The Red Badge of Courage, 1st US edition, New York: D. Appleton and Company, [https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Red_Badge_of_Courage_(1895)/Chapter_12#119 page 119]:
      Presently, men were running hither and thither in all ways.
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