But unlike the epic drama of the 2000 debacle, this result feels like the big British dither.
We cannot dither, we cannot just twiddle our thumbs, or wait and see.
We dither, we argue, we do little, as the world moves rapidly.
Imagine anyone trying to get the Old Man into a dither—and getting away with it.
There must be enough play between the vital parts to allow of some movement; "dither" is, I believe, the Scotch word for it.
The planks at his feet had started to dither again, and practice told him that the vessel must be moving.
Every new batch of fluff-balls drove him to a dither of vicarious maternity.
About seventy-five per cent of the golfers who follow the usual tuition are "all of a dither."
The voice broke and the colonel, who habitually roared forth his sentiments, began to dither.
And the more perfectly made the engine, the less will the amount of this "dither" be.
1640s, "to quake, tremble," phonetic variant of Middle English didderen (late 14c.), of uncertain origin. The sense of "vacillate, be anxious" is from 1819. Related: Dithered; dithering.