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tandem

Line breaks: tan¦dem
Pronunciation: /ˈtandəm
 
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Definition of tandem in English:

noun

1A bicycle with seats and pedals for two riders, one behind the other.
Example sentences
  • However, I did make a road bike, mountain bike and a tandem for this particular customer which did not shimmy.
  • A man and woman sped through the intersection on a tandem bicycle, singing a song I couldn't make out, in a strong waltzing beat.
  • Last year, she cycled over 1,300 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End on a tandem bicycle with her brother.
1.1A carriage driven by two animals harnessed one in front of the other.
Example sentences
  • Tandem horse teams were used for long journeys through heavy roads and sandhills.
  • Expand your horsemanship skills and the relationships with your horses with the challenge and fun of tandem riding.
  • She also competes with a pair and tandem both indoors and out.
1.2A group of two people or machines working together: the Giants had the greatest pitching tandem in baseball history
More example sentences
  • Six years later, the terrific tandem is together again, their significant signings evidence of how important one player can be to his team's fortunes.
  • He is the perfect compliment to him, and together they form one of the most prolific tandems in recent National Hockey League history.
  • They formed one of the best 1-2 tandems in history last season, and the rotation looks more solid behind them this season.

adverb

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1With two or more horses harnessed one behind another: I rode tandem to Paris
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  • I had an American Trotter part of the time, and also drove tandem, it was all great fun.
  • I drive tandem and unicorn too, which involves 4 reins in your left hand, whip in the right, plus right hand support, I only have two hands and nothing spare to grab on with.
1.1Alongside each other; together.
Example sentences
  • The mules are harnessed tandem to two long ropes or ‘lines’ attached to the bow of the boat.
  • The carriage had a team of 4 horses harnessed tandem.
  • He put on a wonderful demonstration with his four-horse hitch of Belgians and another competitor showed how it's done when he hitched his pair of gray Percherons tandem.

adjective

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Having two things arranged one in front of the other: a tandem trailer
More example sentences
  • Very quickly I was being put into a jump suit and a harness by my tandem instructor.
  • And we prefer them to do a tandem skydive, where they are attached in a harness to an instructor who will bring them out of the aircraft and safely down to earth.
  • I looked into tandem prams, twin prams and even ride-on boards (a little skateboard thing that attaches to the back of the pram for the bigger kid to stand on - yeah right).

Origin

late 18th century: humorously from Latin, literally 'at length'.

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  • In Latin tandem means ‘after a long time’ or ‘at length’. It first came into English as a slang term for a carriage drawn by two horses harnessed one behind the other—a ‘long’ set-up which inspired a pun on ‘at length’. A tandem is now a bicycle for two riders, one behind the other. The expression in tandem is still used today to mean ‘one behind another’, but is more common in the sense ‘together as a team’.

Phrases

in tandem

1
Alongside each other: a tight fiscal policy working in tandem with a tight foreign exchange policy
More example sentences
  • For this, the fast bowlers in a side should work in tandem, complementing each other's skills.
  • Some currency pairs move in tandem with each other, while others may be polar opposites.
  • I'd like to see her put forward positive policy in tandem with her accountability crusade.
1.1One behind another: there were two seats in tandem
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  • Today she and I cycled in to work together most of the way; not on a tandem but in tandem.
  • This is in tandem with my earlier post about the New York Times article.
  • Under the road map, both sides are supposed to act in tandem, but progress has bogged down over who should make the next move.

Words that rhyme with tandem

avizandum, fandom, memorandum, nil desperandum, random

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