now and then


Definition of 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
Recent Examples on the Web His luck is due to turn, and the Twins want to keep him on the field by getting him off it now and then. New York Times, 8 May 2022 Maybe a little too much so for Bumgarner, who is known to display a fiery temperament every now and then. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2022 Whether these songs are autobiographical or not is difficult to deduce, as this batch of heartfelt tracks doesn’t impede Tillman from adopting a fictional style every now and then. Grant Sharples, SPIN, 6 Apr. 2022 Its developer is picturing a 900-seat concert venue, and every now and then, movies. Christopher Borrelli,, 23 Mar. 2022 The temperature slips above 50 degrees every now and then, and my dogs have been triggered by the year’s first chipmunk sightings. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 Chunks of concrete and iron swayed in the breeze; every now and then, a piece of rubble crashed noisily onto the asphalt below. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2022 Of course, things could change a lot between now and then depending on everything from economic data to U.S. politics (mainly the budget debate) to the course of Covid-19. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Howard cannot sign his national letter of intent until Dec. 21, so a number of things will happen, or may happen, between now and then. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of now and then

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2022

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“Now and then.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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