- The definition of back and forth is going from one place to another and then returning to the first location, often over and over again.
An example of back and forth is when a person goes to LA, then to San Francisco, then back to LA, then back to San Francisco again.
back-and-forth definition by Webster's New World
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moving forward and backward; to-and-fro
back-and-forth definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adverbThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Backward and forward; to and fro.
- From side to side.
- backˈ-and-forthˌ noun & adj.
back-and-forth - Phrases/Idioms
Also, backward(s) and forward(s). To and fro, moving in one direction and then the opposite and so making no progress in either. For example, The clock pendulum swung back and forth. The term is also used figuratively, as in The lawyers argued the point backwards and forwards for an entire week. [c. 1600]