every second

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Definition of every second

1 : every two used to indicate that a repeated activity happens or is done once in two periodsWe elect a mayor every second year.The fair is held every second year.
2 : every moment I enjoyed every second of her visit.

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“Every second.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/every%20second. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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