two by two


: two at a time : first two and then another two, etc.
They entered the room two by two.

Examples of two by two in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That show was Noah’s Ark—two animals, two by two. 2021 The Thom Browne spring 2021 collection was presented by way of a film produced in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic at the Los Angeles Coliseum. José Criales-Unzueta, Vogue, 3 Nov. 2023 But as dancers sway two by two around the stage, Swift stands alone. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Oct. 2023 Just listen to any love song to know that most folks like to travel two by two. Bea Lewis, Sun Sentinel, 12 Jan. 2023 As the movie rolled, groups of children sat on the foam-padded floor, two by two or three by three or all alone. Andrea Stanley, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2022 In the best of times, United States shot putters come at the world two by two — Parry O’Brien and Bill Nieder, O’Brien and Dallas Long, Long and Randy Matson, Matson and George Woods in the last half-century of Olympics domination. David Barron, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Aug. 2021 There’s anticipation and some confusion, including a search for a missing release, but the group herds up and heads out, dispersing into the dark, two by two. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 16 Nov. 2020 Emerging slowly from the dust, Seward wrote, were: ten naked little boys, between six and twelve years old, tied together, two by two, by their wrists, . . . Michael D. Capaldi, National Review, 24 Oct. 2020 And here’s the part that proves the cosmos intends canoeists to use olive tubs: four of them, stacked two by two, fit perfectly in a standard, roughly 100-plus-liter portage pack. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 9 Sep. 2020

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“Two by two.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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