pendulum - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] a long thin bar with a weight at the lower end that swings from side to side, usually in order to keep a clock working
  2. 2

    the pendulum (of something)

    used for talking about the tendency of an opinion or situation to change from one position or condition to its opposite

    The pendulum has swung back in favour of stricter penalties.