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

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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 — adverb Date: 14th century from one place to another …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To and again — 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-ing and fro-ing — [to͞o′iŋ ən frō′iŋ] n. movement to and fro, vacillation back and forth, etc. * * * …   Universalium

  • to-ing and fro-ing — noun (plural to ings and fro ings) Etymology: to and fro Date: 1847 a passing back and forth …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To and again — Again A*gain (?; 277), adv. [OE. agein, agayn, AS. ongegn, onge[ a]n, against, again; on + ge[ a]n, akin to Ger. gegewn against, Icel. gegn. Cf. {Gainsay}.] 1. In return, back; as, bring us word again. [1913 Webster] 2. Another time; once more;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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