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The meaning and origin of the expression: Neither here nor there

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Neither here nor there


Of no consequence either one way or the other.


This is a 16th century phrase and is first recorded in Arthur Golding's translation of The sermons of J. Calvin upon Deuteronomie, 1583:

"True it is that our so dooing is neither here nor there (as they say) in respect of God."

'As they say' in that quotation suggests an earlier origin.

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