[bak-uhn-fawrth, -fohrth, -uhnd-]
backward and forward; side to side; to and fro: a back-and-forth shuttling of buses to the stadium; the back-and-forth movement of a clock's pendulum.
unresolved argument or discussion.

1605–15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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The back-and-forth nonetheless started a debate among the literati about
  language and heritage.
Much technological innovation takes place in the back-and-forth between maker
  and user.
The back-and-forth between the two conferences has a certain familiarity.
Then look at the wall again to see the afterimage, but this time switch
  back-and-forth between closing one eye and the other.
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