back and forth


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back and forth

adv.
1. Backward and forward; to and fro: went back and forth in the rocking chair.
2. From side to side: paced back and forth across the room.

back′-and-forth′ n. & adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.back and forth - moving from one place to another and back againback and forth - 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
ذهابا وإيابا، إقبالا وإدبارا
sem a tamtam a zpět
frem og tilbage
edestakaisin
amo-tamo
oda-vissza
fram og aftur
ileri geri

forth

(foːθ) adverb
forward; onward. They went forth into the desert.
back and forth
first in one direction and then in the other; backwards and forwards. We had to go back and forth many times before we moved all our furniture to the new house.
References in classic literature ?
As thus he strode along in anger, putting together the words he would use to chide Little John, he heard, of a sudden, loud and angry voices, as of men in a rage, passing fell words back and forth from one to the other.
Then up and down and back and forth they trod, the blows falling so thick and fast that, at a distance, one would have thought that half a score of men were fighting.
He began to roar a song and stamp back and forth before the foot-lights, wildly waving a glossy silk hat and throwing leers, or smiles, broadcast.
Can you move it back and forth? Can you make it look like a wiggling snake?
share back and forth, forth and back, the crack and slurp of clams on
Shifts back and forth in time are also problematic, meant to fill up the half-finished puzzle but ultimately as unrevealing as the police investigation at pic's core.
Using the Stryker IETM can be a real pain when you need to go back and forth between a maintenance task and the repair parts listing.
Swing your eyes back and forth, though, reading from the outside in, and you eventually arrive at the painting's title: Pendulum.
Global positioning system (GPS) instruments placed on the ice mass soon after it became stuck show that it constantly jostles very slightly back and forth, probably as a result of the sloshing of ocean tides, says Emile A.
Letters flew back and forth. Meanwhile, Sevier negotiated fresh treaties with the Cherokee, and the Franklin legislature granted new settlers a tax-free grace period of two years to encourage immigration.
While Washington's attention has been on the Middle East and North Korea, "Brazil's government [has gone] back and forth on abandoning the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and building nuclear weapons; back and forth on offering exile to Saddam Hussein; refused the Colombian government's request to consider the FARC [as] terrorists; shored up [Marxist] President Hugo Chavez with oil shipments during the height of [the] Venezuelan opposition's strike; declared a 'strategic partnership' with Communist China; abandoned scientific cooperation agreements with the U.S.; ...