again and again

adverb

Definition of again and again

: at frequent intervals : often, repeatedly

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Examples of again and again in a Sentence

as she's gotten older, Grandma has tended to ask the same things again and again
Recent Examples on the Web Paschall, who finished with 12 points off the bench, helped the Warriors take the lead early in the fourth quarter by beating his defender off the dribble again and again. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Stephen Curry leads Warriors to comeback win over Clippers," 9 Jan. 2021 For years, top executives at social media companies treated President Trump with kid gloves, contorting themselves into pretzels to explain why he was still allowed to post on their platforms despite violating their rules again and again. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "The President Is Losing His Platforms," 7 Jan. 2021 Georgia was a critical state in the presidential election, and was narrowly won by Mr. Biden, a result that was affirmed again and again by an initial count and two additional recounts. Grace Segers, CBS News, ""The pressure's on": Senate majority comes down to Tuesday's races in Georgia," 5 Jan. 2021 As Lurie—who was in her late fifties when Foreign Affairs was published—demonstrated again and again throughout her long career, the very act of noticing this convention can allow for its transcendence. Claire Messud, The New York Review of Books, "Alison Lurie (1926–2020)," 5 Jan. 2021 And then reading it again and again and again, every 4 to 5 years. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 Shell-shocked after a 51-41 loss to underdog Maryland at Royal-Memorial Stadium, the first-year coach struck a defiant, somewhat combative tone that would emerge again and again after each successive disappointment. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas dumps Tom Herman, hires Steve Sarkisian," 2 Jan. 2021 The advocates for a more expansive MMT return again and again to the danger of zero-sum political economy as a dead-end for the left. Alex Yablon, The New Republic, "This Year’s Underground Sensation: Modern Monetary Theory," 31 Dec. 2020 In the sessions following the 2011 education cuts, pre-K resurfaced again and again as a priority among education advocates. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, "Lawmakers invested big in pre-K last legislative session. A tight budget could threaten that funding.," 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of again and again

1533, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2021

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“Again and again.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/again%20and%20again. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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