every which way


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

Examples of every which way in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After encountering YouTube’s demands to shut off the blockers, users turned every which way last month. WIRED, 3 Nov. 2023 The area is known for hotels, served by freeways going every which way. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2023 In Paris, the runways were filled with striped designs that went every which way. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 4 Oct. 2023 Imagine an endless piece of blank paper covered with a smattering of lines pointing every which way. Leila Sloman, Quanta Magazine, 25 Sep. 2023 This is her baby, and she’s tried it every which way. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 11 Sep. 2023 His hair is wavy and golden brown, whipping every which way, begging to be boyishly brushed aside. J. Brady McCollough, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2023 In the last act, the vitrines tilt every which way, as if after an earthquake. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 8 Aug. 2023 This one tries more, every which way and largely successfully. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


probably by folk etymology from Middle English everich way every way

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of every which way was in 1820

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“Every which way.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/every%20which%20way. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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