Definition of from side to side in English:

from side to side


  • 1Alternately left and right from a central point.

    ‘I shook my head frantically from side to side’
    • ‘The road was really wet and my car started bouncing from side to side and going towards the central reservation.’
    • ‘Her eyes flick from side to side as if she is avoiding tears.’
    • ‘Alex pushed the joystick forward and from side to side, and rolled his little thumbs over the buttons.’
    • ‘Looking from side to side, he slipped quickly through the kitchen into the hallway.’
    • ‘She stretched her neck from side to side and made her way over.’
    • ‘By the age of nine, he was not able to walk or stand, or even turn his head from side to side.’
    • ‘You can complete all reps for one side before going to the other or alternate from side to side.’
    • ‘Work your way out from the center, alternating from side to side and top to bottom.’
    • ‘On the odd occasion I managed to look down, I could see the float out of the water rushing frantically from side to side.’
    • ‘Her eyes dart frantically from side to side and she shoots me a petrified stare.’
  • 2Across the entire width; right across.

    ‘the fleet stretched four miles from side to side’
    • ‘With only five of us in the basket there was plenty of space to go from side to side.’
    • ‘Both sets of defences were on high alert as play swung from side to side.’
    • ‘The ball had been switched from side to side before finally Stark was given the scoring pass wide on the right.’
    in breadth, in width, from side to side, wide, across, thick
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