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 full span of her Earthsea chronicles is presented here with smoky monochrome illustrations by Charles Vess that break now and then into dramatic full-color panels. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "What to Give: Children’s Books," 15 Nov. 2018 But every now and then, celebs personally clap back in the most brilliant ways (looking at you, Julia Roberts). Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Sofia Vergara Responds to Instagram Troll Who Said Her Face Looks "Different Now"," 19 Sep. 2018 She has been known to kill a toy every now and then, but not Lamby. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Dog Toys, According to Happy Dogs," 11 July 2018 While Spieth watched every swing, every motion, every detail, Day took just a few looks now and then. Kelli Stacy,, "Jason Day Arrives At Travelers Championship Focused On Moving Forward," 19 June 2018 In the more than two decades since the 41-year-old became mega-famous for her turn as Cher Horowitz in Clueless, she's stirred the creative pot now and then with a role onscreen or onstage, but mostly put acting on the back burner. Tiffany Blackstone, Redbook, "Alicia Silverstone Opens Up About How She Balances Being a Mom, an Actor, and an Activist," 18 June 2018 Between now and then, the event will be held at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway and Virginia International Raceway, both first-time venues. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Who'll be back at Road America in 2020? We'll tell you if you don't run off.," 15 June 2018 Lively begins by exploring the garden’s place in art and literature (perhaps veering a tad too close now and then toward a book report) and then explores the changing fashions of gardening and what gardens may show about class distinctions. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Life in the Garden' lovingly recalls the place of gardens in an author's life," 14 June 2018 Parnell's name will appear on the ballot in the South Carolina primary on June 12 no matter what happens between now and then, as people were already voting and ballots were already printed when the news about the abuse broke two weeks ago. Caroline Kenny, CNN, "South Carolina congressional candidate who admitted to abuse staying in the race," 10 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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