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betwixt

[bih-twikst] /bɪˈtwɪkst/
preposition, adverb
1.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. between.
Idioms
2.
betwixt and between, neither the one nor the other; in a middle or unresolved position:
Not wanting to side with either her father or her mother, she was betwixt and between.
Origin of betwixt
950
before 950; Middle English betwix, Old English betwix, betweox, equivalent to be- be- + tweox, cognate with Old High German zwiski two each; akin to German zwischen between (preposition)
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  • If it's betwixt and between—well, I'm honest, and I can't say more.

  • I disremember just how fur that last stop is from the Crick, but I think it's betwixt 25 and 30 mile.

  • Finally it was betwixt chance and choice that the place and hour of concussion were determined.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vol. II John T. Morse
  • Why should a couetous man be called poore, what affinitie is betwixt them twoo?

  • Friends or foes, French or Spaniards, succor or death: betwixt these were their hopes and fears divided.

  • “There is all the difference that is betwixt Heaven and earth,” answered Mr Tremayne.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • Hit was betwixt you an' him, an' 'twant none o' my business long as you an' him air goin' to marry.

  • “There is no manner of likeness, Blanche, betwixt this creature and Don John,” she urged.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • Nay, come at once, I implore thee; for until I am justified to my mistress, I stand like one betwixt life and death.

    A Set of Rogues Frank Barrett
  • As for thy service, I will think of that betwixt now and the day I see you again.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for betwixt

betwixt

/bɪˈtwɪkst/
preposition, adverb
1.
(archaic) another word for between
2.
betwixt and between, in an intermediate, indecisive, or middle position
Word Origin
Old English betwix; related to Old High German zwiski two each
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Word Origin and History for betwixt
prep., adv.

Old English betweox "between, among, amidst, meanwhile," from bi- "by" (see be-) + tweox "for two," from Proto-Germanic *twa "two" + *-isk "-ish." With parasitic -t that first appeared in Old English and became general after c.1500.

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