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back-and-forth

[bak-uh n-fawrth, -fohrth, -uh nd-] /ˈbæk ənˈfɔrθ, -ˈfoʊrθ, -ənd-/
adjective
1.
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.
noun
2.
unresolved argument or discussion.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15
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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.
  • Suddenly, however, the ship shook with a strange back-and-forth movement and began to wallow.
  • Then look at the wall again to see the afterimage, but this time switch back-and-forth between closing one eye and the other.
  • The plan they came up with, after some spirited back-and-forth, was a pilot program.
  • What they found was lots of back-and-forth variation in the population and then-whoop-a whole new species.
  • Such wobbles are caused by the back-and-forth gravitational tugs of planets circling around them.
  • The back-and-forth with the reporters and the prep time with my team.
  • What followed was a fascinating back-and-forth about the war and its various justifications.

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