Definition of by/in fits and starts
- Their courtship was gradual, proceeding by fits and starts.
- Progress came only in fits and starts.
: a division of a poem or song
: adapted to an end or design : suitable by nature or by art
: adapted to the environment so as to be capable of surviving
: acceptable from a particular viewpoint (as of competence or morality) : proper
: a sudden violent attack of a disease (such as epilepsy) especially when marked by convulsions or unconsciousness : paroxysm
: a sudden but transient attack of a physical disturbance
: a sudden burst or flurry (as of activity)
: to be suitable for or to : harmonize with
: to be seemly or proper for
: to conform correctly to the shape or size of
: the fact, condition, or manner of fitting or being fitted: such as
: the way clothing fits the wearer
: the degree of closeness between surfaces in an assembly of parts
: dialectal past tense and past participle of fight
: to move suddenly and violently : spring
: to react with a sudden brief involuntary movement
: to issue with sudden force
: a sudden involuntary bodily movement or reaction
: a brief and sudden action or movement
: a sudden capricious impulse or outburst
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