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 for Back and forth
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forth \Forth\, v.[AS. for[eth], fr. for akin to D. voort, G.
     fort [root]78. See Fore, For, and cf. Afford,
     Further, adv.]
     1. Forward; onward in time, place, or order; in advance from
        a given point; on to end; as, from that day forth; one,
        two, three, and so forth.
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              Lucas was Paul's companion, at the leastway from the
              sixteenth of the Acts forth.          --Tyndale.
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              From this time forth, I never will speak word.
                                                    --Shak.
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              I repeated the Ave Maria; the inquisitor bad me say
              forth; I said I was taught no more.   --Strype.
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     2. Out, as from a state of concealment, retirement,
        confinement, nondevelopment, or the like; out into notice
        or view; as, the plants in spring put forth leaves.
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              When winter past, and summer scarce begun,
              Invites them forth to labor in the sun. --Dryden.
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     3. Beyond a (certain) boundary; away; abroad; out.
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              I have no mind of feasting forth to-night. --Shak.
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     4. Throughly; from beginning to end. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     And so forth, Back and forth, From forth. See under
        And, Back, and From.
  
     Forth of, Forth from, out of. [Obs.] --Shak.
  
     To bring forth. See under Bring.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Back \Back\, adv. [Shortened from aback.]
     1. In, to, or toward, the rear; as, to stand back; to step
        back.
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     2. To the place from which one came; to the place or person
        from which something is taken or derived; as, to go back
        for something left behind; to go back to one's native
        place; to put a book back after reading it.
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     3. To a former state, condition, or station; as, to go back
        to private life; to go back to barbarism.
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     4. (Of time) In times past; ago. "Sixty or seventy years
        back." --Gladstone.
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     5. Away from contact; by reverse movement.
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              The angel of the Lord . . . came, and rolled back
              the stone from the door.              --Matt.
                                                    xxviii. 2.
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     6. In concealment or reserve; in one's own possession; as, to
        keep back the truth; to keep back part of the money due to
        another.
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     7. In a state of restraint or hindrance.
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              The Lord hath kept thee back from honor. --Numb.
                                                    xxiv. 11.
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     8. In return, repayment, or requital.
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              What have I to give you back?         --Shak.
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     9. In withdrawal from a statement, promise, or undertaking;
        as, he took back the offensive words.
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     10. In arrear; as, to be back in one's rent. [Colloq.]
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     Back and forth, backwards and forwards; to and fro.
  
     To go back on, to turn back from; to abandon; to betray;
        as, to go back on a friend; to go back on one's
        professions. [Colloq.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  back and forth
      adv 1: 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" [syn: back and forth, backward
             and forward, to and fro]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  33 Moby Thesaurus words for "back and forth":
     alternate, alternately, back-and-forth, backward and forward,
     backwards and forwards, capriciously, changeably, desultorily,
     erratically, hitch and hike, in and out, inconstantly,
     mutatis mutandis, off and on, on and off, reciprocal, reciprocally,
     reciprocative, ride and tie, round and round, seesaw, shuttlewise,
     sine wave, to and fro, to-and-fro, uncertainly, unsteadfastly,
     unsteadily, up and down, up-and-down, variably, vice versa,
     waveringly
  
  

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