[bak-uh n-fawrth, -fohrth, -uh nd-]


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.


unresolved argument or discussion.

Origin of back-and-forth

First recorded in 1605–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of back-and-forth

  • 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