[ bak-uh n-fawrth, -fohrth, -uh nd- ]
/ ˈbæk ənˈfɔrθ, -ˈfoʊrθ, -ənd- /


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.

Nearby words

  1. back water,
  2. back yard,
  3. back, sack, and crack,
  4. back-ache,
  5. back-alley,
  6. back-breaking,
  7. back-check,
  8. back-cloth,
  9. back-end load,
  10. back-formation

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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