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toing and froing

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtoing and froingto‧ing and fro‧ing /ˌtuːɪŋ ən ˈfrəʊɪŋ $ -ˈfroʊ-/ noun [uncountable]  1 BUSY PLACEmovement backwards and forwards many times between two or more places2 DOa lot of activity that does not help you to do something After much toing and froing, they finally reached a decision.
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toing and froingAcross the Rhine, there is less toing and froing.This was tedious work, involving, as you can imagine, a great deal of toing and froing on our part.Meanwhile Mr Gittings' head was obviously beginning to spin from all this toing and froing.
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