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fore-and-aft

[ fawr-uhnd-aft, -ahft, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔr əndˈæft, -ˈɑft, ˈfoʊr- /
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adjective
located along or parallel to a line from the stem to the stern.
adverb
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Origin of fore-and-aft

First recorded in 1610–20
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fore and aft

Both front and back, everywhere, as in The children clung to the teacher fore and aft. This expression is nautical terminology for the bow, or front, and the stern, or back, of a vessel. Today it is also used more broadly. [First half of 1600s]

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