for·​wards | \ ˈfȯr-wərdz How to pronounce forwards (audio) \

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Examples of forwards in a Sentence

for every step that her campaign takes forwards, it seems to take two backwards
Recent Examples on the Web The Bruins’ most pressing order of business entering the weekend concerned their second-line forwards and their second defense pair., 25 July 2021 The Wings opted to go with 11 forwards, and that left Evgeny Svechnikov sitting out despite setting up the Wings' first goal Monday. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 21 Apr. 2021 Kiersted, 22, was one of seven defensemen in the lineup as coach Joel Quenneville opted to use just 11 forwards. Bill Whitehead,, 3 Apr. 2021 Staggering his stars’ minutes has ensured Lue that at least one of his two-way forwards will be on the court at all times. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 Perhaps to Shanahan’s point, the Leafs did miss a certain tenacity from their top forwards., 5 June 2021 In their two second-year forwards, Portland has a dynamic partnership that will scare plenty of opponents’ backlines week in and week out. Portland Timbers And Thorns Fc, oregonlive, 21 May 2021 But Xhaka and Soares look very unnatural in the role and Saka is at his best further forwards. Joshua Law, Forbes, 16 May 2021 The wheels may come in either black or silver and can be rolled tilting backwards, forwards, or pushed while standing straight up on all four of them. Chris Hachey, BGR, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of forwards

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jul 2021

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“Forwards.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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