Back and forth
Back Back, adv. [Shortened from aback.] 1. In, to, or toward, the rear; as, to stand back; to step back. [1913 Webster]

2. To the place from which one came; to the place or person from which something is taken or derived; as, to go back for something left behind; to go back to one's native place; to put a book back after reading it. [1913 Webster]

3. To a former state, condition, or station; as, to go back to private life; to go back to barbarism. [1913 Webster]

4. (Of time) In times past; ago. ``Sixty or seventy years back.'' --Gladstone. [1913 Webster]

5. Away from contact; by reverse movement. [1913 Webster]

The angel of the Lord . . . came, and rolled back the stone from the door. --Matt. xxviii. 2. [1913 Webster]

6. In concealment or reserve; in one's own possession; as, to keep back the truth; to keep back part of the money due to another. [1913 Webster]

7. In a state of restraint or hindrance. [1913 Webster]

The Lord hath kept thee back from honor. --Numb. xxiv. 11. [1913 Webster]

8. In return, repayment, or requital. [1913 Webster]

What have I to give you back? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

9. In withdrawal from a statement, promise, or undertaking; as, he took back the offensive words. [1913 Webster]

10. In arrear; as, to be back in one's rent. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

{Back and forth}, backwards and forwards; to and fro.

{To go back on}, to turn back from; to abandon; to betray; as, to go back on a friend; to go back on one's professions. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • back-and-forth — ack and forth n. a discussion; give and take. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • back-and-forth — [bak′ən fôrth′] adj. moving forward and backward; to and fro …   English World dictionary

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  • back-and-forth — /bak euhn fawrth , fohrth , euhnd /, adj. 1. backward and forward; side to side; to and fro: a back and forth shuttling of buses to the stadium; the back and forth movement of a clock s pendulum. n. 2. unresolved argument or discussion. [1605 15] …   Universalium

  • back and forth — if someone or something moves back and forth between two places, they move from one place to the other place again and again. Nurses went back and forth among the wounded, bringing food and medicine …   New idioms dictionary

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