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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.
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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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(ii) When p is an odd number, (2) has a damped oscillatory solution, whose approximate solution is (37).
As an internal control, we washed out the A/[[beta].sub.25-35] [1 [micro]M] with aCSF containing carbachol [20 [micro]M] and found that the population theta oscillatory activity returned to nearly the same power level as before application of A/[[beta].sub.25-35] [1 [micro]M] (89.40 [+ or -] 5.95% of the cholinergic control; Figure 2(a), graph and lower trace; n = 4).
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[7] Haldar, K., 1987, Oscillatory flow of blood in a stenosed artery, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 49, pp.
In region I, where all roots are real, an aperiodic transient process takes place, and in region II, where there are one real and two complex roots, the transient process is oscillatory.
Note that for the Schrodinger part n of the KGS system (2.3) we do not need to apply this twisting since no highly oscillatory action is linked to this variable.
for some constant [M.sub.1] > 0, then every solution of (l) either is oscillatory or tends to zero as n [right arrow] [infinity].
SIHM4(5), EHM4(5), and DIRKN4(4) were derived with higher order of dispersion and dissipation and all the methods purposely derived for solving oscillatory problems.
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Oscillatory events during sleep are proposed to be biomarkers of neurodevelopmental brain plasticity.
Eroglu [7] proved the boundedness of oscillatory integral operators, fractional oscillatory integral operators, and the corresponding commutators on [M.sup.p,[phi]] and Shi et al.
Low-voltage high-frequency oscillations, known as the oscillatory potentials (OPs), are also often seen riding on the ascending limb of the b-wave [2, 3].
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