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 — to and fro1 [ ,tu ən frou ] adverb in one direction and then back again: BACKWARD AND FORWARD: The swing rocked to and fro. to and fro to and fro 2 [ ,tu ən frou ] noun singular a continuous movement of people or things between different places:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • to and fro — to and fro1 [ˌtu: ən ˈfrəu US ˈfrou] adv if someone or something moves to and fro, they move in one direction and then back again >to and fro adj to and fro 2 to and fro2 n [U] informal continuous movement of people or things from place to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • to-and-fro — to′ and fro′ adj. n. 1) back and forth: to and fro motion[/ex] 2) a continuous or regular movement backward and forward: the to and fro of the surf[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

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

  • (to) and fro — ˌto and ˈfro idiom backwards and forwards • She rocked the baby to and fro. Main entry: ↑toidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • to and fro — ► ADVERB ▪ in a constant movement backwards and forwards or from side to side. DERIVATIVES toing and froing noun …   English terms dictionary

  • to-and-fro — I. | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: from the adverb phrase to and fro 1. a. : fluctuation, vacillation …   Useful english dictionary

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