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each the other; one another (used as a compound reciprocal pronoun): to strike at each other; to hold each other's hands; to love each other.

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Origin of each other

before 1000; Middle English; Old English. See each, other
Although some insist that each other be used only in reference to two ( The two candidates respected each other ) and one another in reference to three or more ( The three nations threaten one another ), in standard practice they are interchangeable. Each other is not restricted to two, nor is one another restricted to three or more.
The possessive of each other is each other's; the possessive of one another is one another's.
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British Dictionary definitions for each other

each other

pronoun

used when the action, attribution, etc, is reciprocalfurious with each other
Each other and one another are interchangeable in modern British usage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with each other

each other

Also, one another. Each one the other, one the other, as in The boys like each other, or The birds were fighting one another over the crumbs. Both of these phrases indicate a reciprocal relationship or action between the subjects preceding (the boys, the birds). Formerly, many authorities held that each other should be confined to a relationship between two subjects only and one another used when there are more than two. Today most do not subscribe to this distinction, which was never strictly observed anyway. [Late 1300s] Also see at each other's throats.

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