to-and-fro

[ too-uhn-froh ]
/ ˈtu ənˈfroʊ /

adjective

back-and-forth: to-and-fro motion.

noun, plural to-and-fros.

a continuous or regular movement backward and forward; an alternating movement, flux, flow, etc.: the to-and-fro of the surf.

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Origin of to-and-fro

First recorded in 1820–30; adj. and noun use of adv. phrase to and (fro) (def. 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for to-and-fro

to and fro

adjective, adverb to-and-fro

back and forth
here and there

Derived forms of to and fro

toing and froing, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with to-and-fro

to and fro

Back and forth, as in He was like a caged animal, pacing to and fro. Strictly speaking, to means “toward” and fro “away from,” but this idiom is used more vaguely in the sense of “moving alternately in different directions.” [First half of 1300s]

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