Definition of from side to side in US English:

from side to side


  • 1Alternately left and right from a central point.

    ‘I shook my head frantically from side to side’
    • ‘Her eyes dart frantically from side to side and she shoots me a petrified stare.’
    • ‘Work your way out from the center, alternating from side to side and top to bottom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The road was really wet and my car started bouncing from side to side and going towards the central reservation.’
    • ‘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 flick from side to side as if she is avoiding tears.’
    • ‘You can complete all reps for one side before going to the other or alternate from side to side.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘The ball had been switched from side to side before finally Stark was given the scoring pass wide on the right.’
    • ‘Both sets of defences were on high alert as play swung from side to side.’
    in breadth, in width, from side to side, wide, across, thick
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