as often as not

idiom

: very often
She arrived home from work late, as often as not.

Examples of as often as not in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For Nunez, memory is a less capacious mental mechanism than the imagination, one that, as often as not, Nunez has used to describe the private lives animals share with their people. Wyatt Mason, New York Times, 30 Oct. 2023 When the United States pushes on one door, as often as not another door opens. Martin Indyk, Foreign Affairs, 19 Aug. 2020 What greets us here, as often as not, is a parody of a poet. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2020 And the egotistical truth is, as often as not, my words mean more to me than the utterings of a player or coach. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 2 June 2021 That is why as often as not in recent years, periods of rising Treasury yields coincide with stocks rising, too. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 24 Feb. 2021 Jones serves dinner to the Protectors every night at 9:30 from aluminum trays, as often as not a cigarette hanging from her mouth. Krithika Varagur, The New York Review of Books, 31 July 2020 Consider, say, Toby Esterhase, plucked long ago by George Smiley from the gutters of Vienna, trained in the dark arts of espionage, and thenceforth to be found, as often as not, at George’s side. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2020 The relationship between the growth rate of M2 and inflation has been extremely weak; as often as not negative, rather than positive; and most often not statistically significant. WSJ, 21 July 2022 See More

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“As often as not.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/as%20often%20as%20not. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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