- in this place and in that; at various times or places: He worked here and there, never for long in one town.
- hither and thither: We drove here and there in the darkness, hoping to find the right roads.
- having a surfeit of: I'm up to here with work.
- at a high point of annoyance with: Everyone is up to here with his constant complaining.
Origin of here
British Dictionary definitions for here and there (1 of 2)
Word Origin for here
British Dictionary definitions for here and there (2 of 2)
Word Origin for Here
Word Origin and History for here and there
Old English her "in this place, where one puts himself," from Proto-Germanic pronomial stem *hi- (from PIE *ki- "this;" see he) + adverbial suffix -r. Cognate with Old Saxon her, Old Norse, Gothic her, Swedish här, Middle Dutch, Dutch hier, Old High German hiar, German hier.
Phrase here today and gone tomorrow first recorded 1680s in writings of Aphra Behn. Here's to _____ as a toast is from 1590s, probably short for here's health to _____. In vulgar speech, this here as an adjective is attested from 1762. To be neither here nor there "of no consequence" attested from 1580s. Here we go again as a sort of verbal roll of the eyes is attested from 1950. Noun phrase here and now "this present life" is from 1829.
Idioms and Phrases with here and there (1 of 2)
here and there
In various places, as She's lived here and there, never for more than a year in one city. [c. 1300]
In various directions, hither and thither, as in She turned her eyes here and there, looking for him in the audience. [Late 1200s] Also see here, there, and everywhere.
Idioms and Phrases with here and there (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with here
- here and now
- here and there
- here goes
- here today, gone tomorrow
- here to stay
- buck stops here
- downhill all the way (from here)
- have had it (up to here)
- neither here nor there
- same here
- where do we go from here