now and then


Definition of now and then

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

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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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The pair is seen strolling in the Buckingham Palace gardens, pausing to chuckle every now and then. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Looking Back at David Attenborough's Relationship with Queen Elizabeth and the Rest of the Royal Family," 4 Apr. 2019 Let’s face it: even the most classic of holiday songs deserve a modern-day update now and then, especially when the lyrics are, uh, eyebrow-raising at best. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Performs Updated Version of "Santa Baby" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"," 22 Dec. 2018 But even the top rewards cards need an update now and then—and this reboot of the AmEx Gold delivers perks that foodies and travelers will love. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The New American Express Gold Card Stacks Up Against the Best Travel Credit Cards," 4 Oct. 2018 Surely enough, cheers erupt from the other boats shortly after and can continue to be heard every now and then. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "YMCA at Pabst Farms' fishing night offers people with disabilities a fun night on Okauchee Lake," 26 June 2018 Let drain, pouring off accumulated liquid now and then, 12 to 24 hours. Leah Eskin,, "Heart-shaped dessert coeur a la creme a balm to the melancholy," 24 Apr. 2018 Every now and then something unexpected happens in the morning and doesn't leave you with enough time to make breakfast before work. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Doctor Up an Instant Oatmeal Packet to Make a Delicious and Filling Breakfast, According to R.D.s," 3 Feb. 2019 That doesn’t mean pedicures are off-limits for runners—in fact, if done the right way, a pedicure every now and then can keep your feet and nails clean and healthy. Isadora Baum, SELF, "What All Runners Should Know Before Getting a Pedicure," 5 Mar. 2019 But apparently, even Joanna can slip up every now and then. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Makes This 30-Cent Meal for Her Kids and They Love It," 12 Feb. 2019

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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