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to and fro

adv.
Back and forth.

to and fro

adj, adv
1. back and forth
2. here and there
ˈtoing and ˈfroing n
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.to and fro - moving from one place to another and back againto and fro - moving from one place to another and back again; "he traveled back and forth between Los Angeles and New York"; "the treetops whipped to and fro in a frightening manner"; "the old man just sat on the porch and rocked back and forth all day"
Translations
جيئَةً وذهاباً
sem a tam
frem og tilbage
til og frá
ileri geriöteye beriye

to and fro

advhin und her

to

() , (tu) preposition
1. towards; in the direction of. I cycled to the station; The book fell to the floor; I went to the concert/lecture/play.
2. as far as. His story is a lie from beginning to end.
3. until. Did you stay to the end of the concert?
4. sometimes used to introduce the indirect object of a verb. He sent it to us; You're the only person I can talk to.
5. used in expressing various relations. Listen to me!; Did you reply to his letter?; Where's the key to this door?; He sang to (the accompaniment of) his guitar.
6. into a particular state or condition. She tore the letter to pieces.
7. used in expressing comparison or proportion. He's junior to me; Your skill is superior to mine; We won the match by 5 goals to 2.
8. showing the purpose or result of an action etc. He came quickly to my assistance; To my horror, he took a gun out of his pocket.
9. (tə) used before an infinitive eg after various verbs and adjectives, or in other constructions. I want to go!; He asked me to come; He worked hard to (= in order to) earn a lot of money; These buildings were designed to (= so as to) resist earthquakes; She opened her eyes to find him standing beside her; I arrived too late to see him.
10. used instead of a complete infinitive. He asked her to stay but she didn't want to.
(tuː) adverb
1. into a closed or almost closed position. He pulled/pushed the door to.
2. used in phrasal verbs and compounds. He came to (= regained consciousness).
to and fro (tuːənˈfrou)
backwards and forwards. they ran to and fro in the street.
References in classic literature ?
But soon even these intervals of consciousness ended, and she lay hour after hour, tossing to and fro, with incoherent words on her lips, or sank into a heavy sleep which brought her no refreshment.
For the strain constantly kept up by the windlass continually keeps the whale rolling over and over in the water, and as the blubber in one strip uniformly peels off along the line called the scarf, simultaneously cut by the spades of Starbuck and Stubb, the mates; and just as fast as it is thus peeled off, and indeed by that very act itself, it is all the time being hoisted higher and higher aloft till its upper end grazes the main-top; the men at the windlass then cease heaving, and for a moment or two the prodigious blood-dripping mass sways to and fro as if let down from the sky, and every one present must take good heed to dodge it when it swings, else it may box his ears and pitch him headlong overboard.
A sound in the room caught her ear -- the monotonous rustling of a woman's dress, now distant, now near; passing without cessation from end to end over the floor -- a sound which told her that Magdalen was pacing to and fro in the secrecy of her own chamber.
I was so struck by the horror of this idea, which had weighed upon me from the first, and the working out of which would make me regard myself, in some sort, as his murderer, that I could not rest in my chair but began pacing to and fro.
For though in the daytime, when the wolves slept, he might pass to and fro without the skin, at night it was not so.
Let the beautiful word come as a refrain to and fro this chapter.
The planks, which had not been swabbed since the mutiny, bore the print of many feet, and an empty bottle, broken by the neck, tumbled to and fro like a live thing in the scuppers.
The nest swayed to and fro, as they sat on the rim and cried.
I rushed to and fro like one distracted, uttering cries of despair, and when from the shore I saw the vessel under full sail just disappearing upon the horizon, I wished bitterly enough that I had been content to stay at home in safety.
She herself has told me that lace is worn in hell; and as she must know how to make it, let it never be out of her hands; for when she is occupied in shifting the bobbins to and fro, the image or images of what she loves will not shift to and fro in her thoughts; this is the truth, this is my opinion, and this is my advice.
which I naturally assumed to be Women) interspersed with other Beings still smaller and of the nature of lustrous points -- all moving to and fro in one and the same Straight Line, and, as nearly as I could judge, with the same velocity.