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  • v. Present participle of switchback.


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  • The ice being now strong, they skimmed across rivers and creeks, raising the snow in clouds and "switchbacking" over hummocks in a fashion that under other conditions might have been exhilarating.

    Colorado Jim

  • After Calistoga the road tilted upward, switchbacking dizzyingly 1,800 feet up, and then down, a mountain range.

    World Wide Mind

  • Most riders stayed on their bikes over the three timbers on the run-up and Powers attacked on the switchbacking, 40-foot climb.

    Ryan Trebon takes round 1 at the Cincinnati ‘cross festival

  • I left the road, following the pressed trails of what looked like deer tracks, switchbacking around the gentle slope of the hillside.

    Brush of Darkness

  • The trail was wet and slippery, switchbacking upward through a tangle of ferns, lianas, epiphytes and cassias.

    Richard Bangs: Climbing the Killer Prince -- Merapi Volcano of Java, Part 1

  • The road shot arrow-straight across the flats, through plains of tufty tree yuccas green from recent rains; it squiggled over the steep hills in tight switchbacking loops decorated with shrines to the dead.


  • The tunnel was long and twisting, switchbacking on itself over and over as if Jace were crawling through the entrails of an enormous monster.

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  • She drove carefully as the road wound down the slope of a mountain called Iron, switchbacking this way and that to eat up the steep elevation.

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  • Twice, recently, I've flashed on that patch of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard that goes up through the pine trees in Samuel P. Taylor State Park, switchbacking through the green darkness of the pine canopy, sun misting through the trees and glinting on the chestnut ground.

    Flashing on California

  • Fjalar indicated a trail, hardly more than a slight flattening across the bark, switchbacking down the root from above.

    Operation Luna


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