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to-and-fro

[too-uh n-froh] /ˈtu ənˈfroʊ/
adjective
1.
back-and-forth:
to-and-fro motion.
noun, plural to-and-fros.
2.
a continuous or regular movement backward and forward; an alternating movement, flux, flow, etc.:
the to-and-fro of the surf.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; adj. and noun use of adv. phrase to and fro, Middle English; see fro (def 2)
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  • The protests are the latest in a years-running to-and-fro between the groups.
British Dictionary definitions for to-and-fro

to and fro

adjective, adverb
1.
back and forth
2.
here and there
Derived Forms
toing and froing, noun
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