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;
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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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But Detroit opened the fourth quarter by scoring the first eight points of the final period, and the game went back and forth down the stretch.
McGowan bounced back and forth between the homes of her mother and father, who were separated, enduring the manic-depressive episodes of her father and the avoidance of her mother.
Next to her, her youngest son nervously kicked his dangling legs back and forth.
The teams went back and forth to come out on top with Trey Williams scoring the last point for the alumni team.
The narrative thus travels back and forth between nursing locations (with some fascinating accounts of work as an obstetrical nurse) and contemplative life in the Arctic, with occasional forays into the past.
Had to go back and forth to the barn a couple of times for a hammer (to drive the staples to run the wiring) and a screwdriver.
Beyond the bounds of facts and decency Even by the low standards of the vitriol going back and forth during the shutdown, a 30-second spot by the Trump campaign merits special condemnation.
Over the weekend, President Donald Trump remained off stage as lawmakers shuttled back and forth to try to reach an agreement.
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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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