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else + whither (to which place, to what place)[1]



elsewhither (not comparable)

  1. (formal) To some other place; in some other direction.[1]
    Synonym: otherwhither; more at somewhere else
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 4, chapter VIII, The Didactic
      [] know that ‘impossible,’ where Truth and Mercy and the everlasting Voice of Nature order, has no place in the brave man’s dictionary. That when all men have said “Impossible,” and tumbled noisily elsewhither, and thou alone art left, then first thy time and possibility have come.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 43
      With Strickland the sexual appetite took a very small place. It was unimportant. It was irksome. His soul aimed elsewhither.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 elsewhither, adv.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]