First Known Use of back-and-forth
argument, argumentation, colloquy, confab, confabulation, conference, consult, consultation, council, counsel, debate, deliberation, dialogue (also dialog), discussion, give-and-take, palaver, parley, talk;
back and forth
Definition of back and forth
Examples of back and forth in a Sentence
The chair rocked back and forth.
The children were shuttled back and forth between school and home.
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In the brief first look at the newborn, mom Kim and aunt Kylie passed her back and forth in a nursery while discussing potential names.
Both teams went back and forth in the fourth quarter, with each side exchanging the lead six times over the final frame.
Everyone’s sipping on Zico coconut water while going back and forth on the best (and preferred) practices for, well, wait for it... giving and receiving blow jobs.
The legal back and forth has gotten particularly ugly.
Shake the pot back and forth for several seconds until the flames subside.
Going back and forth for eight opening minutes in a sectional semifinal certainly isn't the worst thing.
Roads were opened briefly, but only government employees were allowed to go back and forth, residents said.
During the Obama administration, over 250 people shuttled back and forth between jobs in the White House and at Google.
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First Known Use of back and forth
BACK-AND-FORTH Defined for English Language Learners
back and forth
Definition of back and forth for English Language Learners
: toward the back and then toward the front : backward and forward
: between two places or people
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