back-and-forth

[ bak-uhn-fawrth, -fohrth, -uhnd- ]
/ ˈbæk ənˈfɔrθ, -ˈfoʊrθ, -ənd- /

adjective

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

unresolved argument or discussion.

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Origin of back-and-forth

First recorded in 1605–15
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Idioms and Phrases with back-and-forth

back and forth

Also, backward(s) and forward(s). To and fro, moving in one direction and then the opposite and so making no progress in either. For example, The clock pendulum swung back and forth. The term is also used figuratively, as in The lawyers argued the point backwards and forwards for an entire week. [c. 1600]

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