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

Neither here nor there

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Neither here nor there'?

Of no consequence either one way or the other.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Neither here nor there'?

The meaning and origin of the phrase 'Neither here nor there'This 16th century phrase is often wrongly attributed to William Shakespeare. The first use of it in print that I know of is 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."

The 'as they say' in that quotation suggests an earlier origin.

Shakespeare did use the phrase 'neither here nor there', but later, in Othello, 1616.

See also, hither and yon.

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