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backward(s) and forward(s)

Back and forth; moving in one direction and then the opposite. Can be used literally to refer to something or someone moving in such a way, or figuratively to refer to a situation in which no progress is made (e.g., an argument). I was pacing backwards and forwards in my room last night, worrying about this morning's exam. The two candidates debated the gun laws backward and forward, but neither could offer a productive solution in the end.
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backward and forward

Also, backwards and forwards.
1. Same as back and forth.
2. Thoroughly, completely, as in He read the speech over and over, until he knew it backwards and forwards. [Late 1500s]
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You can vote for 'The Day it Rained on Lowry' online this Friday between 00.01am and midnight, by logging on to www.illusionoftheyear.com HOW THE ILLUSION WORKS In the illusion, the figures are continuously moved backwards and forwards. But if left at that, this would give rise to an unpleasant flickering effect and no illusion.
IPOD/BLUETOOTH CONTROLLER Control the volume, play/pause and move backwards and forwards through your music.
The reverse, Backwards and Forwards words, are also dealt with.
Backwards and Forwards words have letters which go strictly backwards through the alphabet in their first half but strictly forwards in their second half, and may be visualised as a V, eg NICER.