oscillate

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oscillate between (two people or things)

To waver or go back and forth between two different, often contrary people or things that once is trying to choose. I keep oscillating between the job in New York and the one in Los Angeles. You've oscillated between Steve and Tommy long enough—they deserve an answer one way or another.

oscillate between (someone or something and someone or something else)

to swing between (choosing) someone and someone else; to swing between (choosing) something and something else. Fred oscillated between going to college and getting a job. The boss oscillated between John and Roger.
See also: between, oscillate
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The platform oscillates through 360 [degrees] powered by a variable-speed d-c drive.
Unfortunately, this graceful, streamlined design gave the bridge a pronounced tendency to oscillate vertically under widely varying wind conditions.
However, when a bridge starts to oscillate, those stays begin alternately loosening and tightening.
Such a bridge would be less likely to oscillate wildly.
At that point, its behavior becomes nonlinear, and subsequent wave action can cause the entire ship to oscillate.
The system oscillates between the two sets of reactions because the first reaction set paves the way for the second by consuming bromide ions.
The new system is noteworthy because it is one of the few that oscillates while sitting around in a stirred beaker.
Stretching and thinning, bulging and swelling, they oscillate from one transient form to another.
Moreover, there is evidence that raindrops can take on other shapes and that they actually oscillate from one shape to another while they fall.
The idea that riaindrops oscillate was reinforced by measurements of raindrops frozen in photographs taken many years ago at several locations in illinois.
Wind tunnel studies, in which water drops are suspended in airstreams, also show that these drops oscillate. Although here the oscillations are induced by turbulence rather than by collisions, the effects are similar to those observed in nature, says Beard.
Theorists resolve the conflicting results by having electron neutrinos in the solar experiments oscillate into sterile neutrinos.