back–and–forthing

play
noun back–and–forth·ing \¦bak-ən(d)-ˈfȯr-thiŋ\

Definition of back–and–forthing

  1. :  the exchange of ideas through discussion or debate … Friday's back-and-forthing had produced an acceptance in principle of 7-of-9 items of dispute. — Dick Shippy, Miami Herald, 17 July 1988 Stratfor's briefs don't sound like the usual Washington back-and-forthing, whereby agencies avoid dramatic declarations on the chance they might be wrong. — Sam C. Gwynne, Time, 25 Jan. 1999

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

1930

First Known Use of back–and–forthing

1930


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up back–and–forthing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a brief usually trivial fact

Get Word of the Day daily email!