What does to and fro mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. back and forth, backward and forward, to and fro(adverb)

    moving from one place to another and back again

    "he traveled back and forth between Los Angeles and New York"; "the treetops whipped to and fro in a frightening manner"; "the old man just sat on the porch and rocked back and forth all day"


  1. to and fro(Noun)

    The movement (of someone or something) forward followed by a return to the same position. May refer to a concept such as an emotional state or a relationship as well as a physical thing.

  2. to and fro(Verb)

    To go back and forth; to alternate.

  3. to and fro(Adverb)

    Back and forth; with an alternating motion.

  4. to and fro(Adjective)

    Pertaining to something or someone moving forward and back to the same position.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of to and fro in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of to and fro in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Winston Churchill:

    Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount.

  2. Winston Churchill:

    Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    The people don’t care even a bit to a person who is not fair to others, but many don’t mind to go along with him anywhere as long as they either get the reimbursement of their to and fro journey fare or/and have own vested interest in his ostentatious public affair.

  4. Laura Beyer:

    My thought is if those of us who care for others would simply' keep an eye on' children as we drive to and fro, they would be safe nonetheless, if you see a child walking and he or she is being approached by what seems to be a stranger, pull to the side of the road and ask if he or she is OK.

  5. Erik Pevernagie:

    The excessive speed of mundialization, the exacting demands of the God of consumerism and the to-and-fro swinging, from one period to another and from one domain to another, cause inner heartaches. People feel like individuals “with no sense of belonging” and characters "without qualities”. ( "The church was no longer in the middle" )

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