now and then


: from time to time : occasionally
now and then we go off to the country

Examples of now and then in a Sentence

we do go to the library now and then, but not as often as we should
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of now and then was in the 15th century

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“Now and then.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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