back and forth

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back and forth

  1. From one place to another and back again.

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back and forth ‎(not comparable)

  1. Going from one place or position to another and back again.
    The back and forth movement of the tide causes erosion of the coastline.

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back and forth ‎(plural back and forths)

  1. The movement (of someone or something) forward followed by a return to the same position. May refer to a concept such as an emotional state or a relationship as well as a physical thing.
    • 2009, Dorothy Rich, Megaskills for Babies, Toddlers, and Beyond: Building Your Child's Happiness, page 43:
      Roll the ball to your child, who then rolls it back to you. After a few back-and-forths, roll the ball to a nearby corner of the room or other hiding place.
  2. (idiomatic) Negotiations or discussions between two or more parties, a dialog.
    • 1895, United States Congress, “Congressional serial set”, volume 11214, page 718: 
      There's some back and forth between Simpson and his CIA counterparts and, in essence, the CIA says that you must ship all of the quantities requested.

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