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To move up and down or backwards and forwards

swing

verb

to move, or to make something move, backward and forward or from one side to another, especially from a fixed point

bounce

verb

if a ball or other object bounces, or if you bounce it, it hits a surface then immediately moves away from it

rock

verb

to move backward and forward or from side to side in a gentle way

sway

verb

to move or swing gently from side to side

vibrate

verb

to shake very quickly with small movements

flutter

verb

to move up and down or from side to side with short, quick, light movements, or to make something move in this way

wobble

verb

to rock slightly from side to side, or to make something do this

oscillate

verb

to move continuously from side to side at a steady speed around a central point

shake

verb

to make many quick small movements up and down, or side to side

wave

verb

to move smoothly and gently from side to side

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breakfast rave

a rave … that takes place early in the morning and where there is no alcohol or drugs …

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