this way and that


: in many different directions
The rabbit ran this way and that, trying not to get caught.

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Recent Examples on the Web Tiny rooftop shapes going this way and that, indicating direction. Ellise Pierce, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 Comets, though, emit gas that can act like rocket motors, pushing the nucleus this way and that. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 20 Apr. 2010 Here, the composer counted years, 20 for Disney, with a sequence of 20 chords, used in various sequences, this way and that, and as palindromes. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2023 Moments later Richardson, 28, struts in with a new look, tossing back her golden-brown locks and tilting her head this way and that, considering her image in an oversize wooden mirror. Danielle Bacher, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2023 Beyond that, though, Djokovic was as reliable as a metronome, anticipating nearly everything headed his way and scurrying this way and that to retrieve and respond. Howard Fendrich,, 10 Sep. 2023 Diamond’s voice echoes in Samba to the Reckoning, each letter of the title rendered in arabesques, swaying this way and that, like a ballerina in time. Angelica Aboulhosn, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Sep. 2023 Admirably stoic and unfussy, Harrison Ford has played Indiana Jones for more than 40 years—running, riding, jumping and tumbling this way and that, up and down as the physically challenging role demanded. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 30 June 2023 That male was maybe the first of its kind to turn its massive head this way and that, surveying the quiet valley. Ned Rozell | Alaska Science, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2023

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“This way and that.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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