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sway back and forth

1. Literally, to continue moving, swinging, bending, tilting, etc., slowly in one direction and then back in the opposite direction. The structure swayed back and forth, threatening to topple at any given minute. Everyone in the crowd was swaying back and forth in time with the song.
2. By extension, to oscillate between two opposing positions, decisions, inclinations, points of view, etc. Public opinion has swayed back and forth on this issue for decades. You can't keep swaying back and forth over this—you need to make a decision and commit to it!
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sway back and forth

to swing or bend from one direction to another. The pendulum swayed back and forth, counting off the seconds. Mary was swaying back and forth, keeping time to the music.
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The bout was swaying back and forth and both fighters were warned about straying low with their punches before Metcalf was docked a point for a low blow in the eighth.
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He said for some reason the lorry hit the verge on a straight stretch and began swaying back and forth.
Swaying back and forth as you push them in a swing.
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This can be minimized by first swaying back and forth, clapping or patting thighs while chanting a steady beat to help the student focus before performing with the manipulative.
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The exhausted travelers, including the women with babies strapped to their backs, stood up the entire time, swaying back and forth. The bishop, ignoring the warnings of his doctors, accompanied them at various intervals, dancing and shaking a pair of maracas.