every which way


Definition of every which way

1 : in every direction
2 : in a disorderly manner : irregularly toys scattered about every which way

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There was, of course, the Fendi Baguette, Carrie Bradshaw’s signature close-to-the-rib-cage carryall, which came embellished every which way. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Hottest Bag of the Late ’90s Is Back," 9 Oct. 2018 And not just because of the decor: There are martinis made every which way, from shaken to stirred, vodka to gin, dirty to strained. Seth Shezi, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Bars in Cape Town," 13 Sep. 2018 When contemplating Lauryn Hill's beauty aesthetic, the first look likely to pop into mind is a set of sculptural braids, worn every which way, a la the cover of her chart topping '90s album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Lauryn Hill Made an Unannounced Cameo Last Night—and Her Beauty Look Was Major," 7 May 2018 From every which way, Trump is being pelted with pardon requests. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Lobbying for Trump pardons hits a fever pitch," 6 June 2018 But these cars have crashed every which way at incredible speeds and so far, every driver has walked away. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar midseason review, Part I: What’s gone right," 14 June 2018 Fingers point every which way, but always to the beat. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Funkedified,’ the Visceral Glory of Funk," 4 June 2018 In the photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands behind a long, narrow table, both hands pressed firmly into its surface atop some documents that are angled every which way. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "The G-7 summit, summed up in one photo," 9 June 2018 It's been rendered in every which way—in every skirt length, in every kind of sleeve, in every pattern—meaning that there's one out there that fits your hopes, needs, and summer dress dreams. Ana Colon, Glamour, "Visit Other Condé Nast Sites," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of every which way

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for every which way

probably by folk etymology from Middle English everich way every way

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