every which way


Definition of every which way

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

Examples of every which way in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Embiid was fabulous in the Christmas Day spotlight, scoring every which way while playing stout interior defense. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "76ers 121, Bucks 109: A Christmas performance to forget for Giannis and friends," 25 Dec. 2019 His wife, Maria, serves up eel in every which way: boiled, fried, smoked, smoked then fried. The Economist, "The mysterious life and times of eels," 18 Dec. 2019 But Dodge prefers to toss disparate configurations and colors into the mix, creating visual rhythms that invite the eye to dance every which way. David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Striped, dotted, zigzagged. The mind-scrambling painting of Tomory Dodge," 10 Oct. 2019 In the 42 years since Luke watched twin suns set on his moisture-farming boyhood, the franchise has gone supernova, expanding every which way. Wired, "Star Wars: Beyond the Rise of Skywalker," 18 Nov. 2019 Without cultivation, our minds and emotions can go every which way. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Genuine positivity can reap benefits: Sun Messages," 17 Nov. 2019 The books are stacked every which way, with Fleck pulling them off the shelves to mark up passages at his nearby desk. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "P.J. Fleck’s Book Club: Gophers football coach leans hard toward leadership genre," 18 Oct. 2019 Presumably a constant this season and next will be endless looks at every which way to play Beethoven. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Pianist Jonathan Biss and the Calidore quartet give Beethoven 250 a surprising launch," 17 Oct. 2019 The field likely curves every which way through the clouds of gas, and scientists on Earth wouldn't be able to see the parts pointed toward or away from Earth. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, "Balloon Telescope Searches for Universe's Baby Stars," 5 Mar. 2017

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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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The first known use of every which way was in 1820

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Every which way.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/every%20which%20way. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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