Definition of back and forth in English:

back and forth

phrase

  • To and fro.

    • ‘Endless recounts saw power shift back and forth between the Tory and Labour groups.’
    • ‘I sat on the floor and rocked back and forth, crying until he called out to me.’
    • ‘The three high clerics looked at each other, leaning over to whisper thoughts back and forth.’
    • ‘The football was frantic and in the stands the chants bounced back and forth.’
    • ‘We walked over to the Liverpool fans, a ball was thrown over the fence and we kicked it back and forth with them.’
    • ‘The chapters move back and forth over time, but in the masterly hands of Littell this is not a problem.’
    • ‘We go back and forth like this until one of us gets bored or offended by what the other said.’
    • ‘She wanted to see the horse in his true magnificence, to rock back and forth on his broad back.’
    • ‘He drives back and forth at night in order to spend two full days with Jeremy on each visit.’
    • ‘It clouded over while I showered and then flipped back and forth between sunny and gloomy.’
    • ‘Ms. Keagan's mom looked from her son to Trey, then back and forth again several times.’
    • ‘When you move your eyes quickly back and forth and read a book you have an emotional response and imagery.’
    • ‘The best way to involve a reader is to start at the beginning of a story and go on to the end, and not whizz back and forth.’
    • ‘Both had to hold onto the shaky rails as they headed down, for the ship was swaying back and forth with the waves.’
    • ‘They held a conversation that was made up entirely of subtle expressions passed back and forth.’
    • ‘Radio messages flew back and forth to Moscow asking what to do before the situation was resolved.’
    • ‘Mrs Holmes says so many lorries come back and forth that it can be dangerous walking through the area.’
    • ‘It works just fine - you can easily bring the tone up and down by moving your hand back and forth.’
    • ‘Having the team split between the two buildings meant they had to go back and forth between the two.’
    • ‘Cars were parked everywhere and everyone was rushing back and forth, in and out of the driveway.’
    from place to place, around, about, to and fro, hither and thither, back and forth, in all directions, from pillar to post
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