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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 of back-and-forth
1605-1615
1605-15
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  • There was a lot of back-and-forth yelling to make sure that everybody was out from in front, and then the blowers started.

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper

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