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Subject: An elusive word
Question: Good evening. For years I have been searching for the word which
describes the following action:

* two people who, upon accidentally meeting face-to-face as they
walk towards each other, move left then right then left again in a
comical yet unsuccessful attempt to bypass one another.

Please put me out of my misery.

Regards

Michael

Reply: We always used to call it 'bobbing'. Other areas may have other terms.
Reply From: M J Hardman      click here to access email
 
Date: 18-Jul-2013
 
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  1. Re: An elusive word    Steven Schaufele     (24-Jul-2013)
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  4. Re: An elusive word    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (19-Jul-2013)

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