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neither here nor there

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neither here nor there

  1. (idiomatic) Not important; having no significance or influence on the question at hand; not related; not relevant; not germane; not pertinent.
    The fact that pledges willingly submit themselves to hazing is neither here nor there and any organization that engages in hazing will lose its charter.
    • 1913, Jack London, John Barleycorn, chapter 28
      I had life troubles and heart troubles which are neither here nor there in this narrative. But, combined with them, were intellectual troubles which are indeed germane.
    • 1967, Barbara Sleigh, Jessamy, edition 1993, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, ISBN 0 340 19547 9, page 33:
      ‘ “It would be most irregular Grandpa!” says Miss Cecily frowning and tapping her foot. “Well, we’re a pretty irregular family so that’s neither here nor there,” says the old man, impish like. [...] ’

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