Obsolete. from; back.
to and fro, alternating from one place to another; back and forth:
The trees were swaying to and fro in the wind.
Contemporary Examples

GETTING TO AND fro: American Airlines offers nonstop flights to Madrid from New York, Miami, and Dallas.
Rodrigo de la Calle Is Spain’s Vegetable Whisperer Kara Cutruzzula March 18, 2014

The miner does that journey to and fro, and sandwiched in between there are seven and a half hours of savage work.
Thatcher’s Economic Legacy Megan McArdle April 7, 2013

fro yo is supposed to be healthier because it has fewer calories.
Frozen-Yogurt Shops Are Everywhere, but We Are Nowhere Near Saturation Daniel Gross July 18, 2013

His anti-choice credentials—critical to the religious right—have swayed to and fro like the autumn leaves in New England.
Cheesy Grits, Y’all: In Defense of Mitt Romney’s Political Pandering Hank Sheinkopf March 12, 2012

Her trademark long blond bangs strike out at odd angles, whirling to and fro as she speaks.
Tristane Banon Takes a Victory Lap Tracy McNicoll October 23, 2011

Historical Examples

She was seated in a low hammock, swinging gently to and fro.
At the Time Appointed A. Maynard Barbour

Now—there stood the wall, there stood the ash-trees and their tops were waving to and fro.
What Sami Sings with the Birds Johanna Spyri

Up and up, and to and fro, switched the Candy Rabbit on the kite tail.
The Story of a Candy Rabbit Laura Lee Hope

There was a great passing to and fro in Vicksburg, but its lights were dim.
The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler

At the same time he saw lights moving to and fro, as if driven by the wind.
Pinocchio in Africa Cherubini

back or from See to and fro
noun (pl) fros, ‘fros
short for Afro

“away, backwards,” c.1200, North English and Scottish dialectal fra, Midlands dialect fro, from Old Norse fra “from” (see from).


: an Afro social club


A hairstyle worn by many blacks and some whites, usually with an exaggerated bouffant style of tightly curled hair
A black person


A frizzy style of coiffure; afro: the curly ‘fro which has found particular favor among the men (1960s+)
see: to and fro


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