to and fro
adverb Date: 14th century from one place to another

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • To and fro — To To (?, emphatic or alone, ?, obscure or unemphatic), prep. [AS. t[=o]; akin to OS. & OFries. t[=o], D. toe, G. zu, OHG. zuo, zua, z[=o], Russ. do, Ir. & Gael. do, OL. do, du, as in endo, indu, in, Gr. ?, as in ? homeward. [root]200. Cf. {Too} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To-and-fro — To To (?, emphatic or alone, ?, obscure or unemphatic), prep. [AS. t[=o]; akin to OS. & OFries. t[=o], D. toe, G. zu, OHG. zuo, zua, z[=o], Russ. do, Ir. & Gael. do, OL. do, du, as in endo, indu, in, Gr. ?, as in ? homeward. [root]200. Cf. {Too} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • to and fro — {adv. phr.} Forward and back again and again. * /Father pushed Judy in the swing, and she went to and fro./ * /Busses go to and fro between the center of the city and the city limits/ * /The man walked to and fro while he waited for his phone… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • to and fro — {adv. phr.} Forward and back again and again. * /Father pushed Judy in the swing, and she went to and fro./ * /Busses go to and fro between the center of the city and the city limits/ * /The man walked to and fro while he waited for his phone… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • to-and-fro — /tooh euhn froh /, adj., n., pl. to and fros. adj. 1. back and forth: to and fro motion. n. 2. a continuous or regular movement backward and forward; an alternating movement, flux, flow, etc.: the to and fro of the surf. [1820 30; adj. and n. use …   Universalium

  • to and fro — 1. adverb Back and forth; with an alternating motion. A light tossing to and fro and still rapidly advancing showed that one of the newcomers carried a lantern. 2. verb To go back and forth; to …   Wiktionary

  • to-and-fro — I. noun Date: 1553 activity involving alternating movement in opposite directions < the busy to and fro of the holiday shoppers > II. adjective Date: 1749 forward and backward …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • to-and-fro murmur — a friction rub or murmur heard with both systole and diastole …   Medical dictionary

  • to-and-fro sound — see under murmur …   Medical dictionary

  • move to and fro — index oscillate, vacillate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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