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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Everybody plays badly now and then, but Woodland would not allow the pressure of coming off a major win to be an excuse. J.l. Kirven, Detroit Free Press, "Rocket Mortgage Classic: U.S. Open champ Gary Woodland could miss cut," 27 June 2019 But every now and then there are Sikhs like Pal, with long salt-and-pepper beards, colorful turbans and thick Indian accents. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sikh drivers are transforming U.S. trucking. Take a ride along the Punjabi American highway," 27 June 2019 The children described in the book range from the impressive to the banal to the amusing to the infuriating, and every now and then there’s a catastrophe that stops you in your tracks. Titus Techera, National Review, "A Teacher Confronts Reality," 26 June 2019 Every now and then a viral trend comes along that poses a major health threat. Samantha Lauriello,, "The Viral Sunburn Tattoo Trend Is Seriously Dangerous—Here’s Why," 10 June 2019 However, a few veggies now and then, especially if the cat is craving them, is OK. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Seemingly benign skunk deterrent can be dangerous for cats," 14 June 2019 Every now and then, though, a report would make its way into the zeitgeist that was just...bizarre. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "11 Meghan Markle Headlines From This Year That Are So Ridiculous, You Have to Laugh," 25 Dec. 2018 Every now and then, for example, a narrator, voiced by Willem Dafoe, comments on Celeste’s life in a mock-heroic tone that may have been meant to defuse the grandiosity, but only enhances it. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Vox Lux’ Review: Dressing Sharp, Feeling Flat," 6 Dec. 2018 Jewel smuggling, however, like any smuggling designed merely to evade duties, was confined to a comparatively small professional class, with now and then an occasional traveler who attempted to bring in something for his own use. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Rewind: What Guarding Uncle Sam's Borders Was Like in 1925," 11 Feb. 2019

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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