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tandem

[ tan-duhm ]
/ ˈtæn dəm /
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adverb
one following or behind the other: to drive horses tandem.
adjective
having animals, seats, parts, etc., arranged tandem or one behind another.
noun
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Idioms about tandem

    in tandem,
    1. in single file: They swam in tandem.
    2. in association or partnership.

Origin of tandem

1735–45; special use (originally facetious) of Latin tandem at length, finally, equivalent to tam so far + -dem demonstrative suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for tandem

tandem
/ (ˈtændəm) /

noun
adjective
British used as, used in, or routed through an intermediate automatic telephone exchangea tandem exchange
adverb
one behind the otherto ride tandem

Word Origin for tandem

C18: whimsical use of Latin tandem at length, to indicate a vehicle of elongated appearance
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