Meaning of “to-ing and fro-ing” in the English Dictionary

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"to-ing and fro-ing" in British English

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to-ing and fro-ingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌtuː.ɪŋ ən ˈfrəʊ.ɪŋ/ us /ˌtuː.ɪŋ ən ˈfroʊ.ɪŋ/

repeated movement from one place to another:

Inevitably, when both parents have custody of the child, there's a lot of to-ing and fro-ing between them for the child concerned.

also to-ings and fro-ings many different and repeated discussions and activities:

The legal to-ings and fro-ings could delay the start of the trial.

(Definition of “to-ing and fro-ing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)