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
Recent Examples on the Web Every now and then, a glimmer of what a song might have sounded like in a previous iteration of Vagabon peeks through. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Vagabon Goes Her Own Way," 14 Oct. 2019 Other things noticed by caretakers were doors opening mysteriously and strange sounds every now and then. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "So, What's It Really Like to Sell a Haunted Home?," 19 Sep. 2019 Just a little polish every now and then and don’t worry about coasters. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "Our Table Came With a Story. For $500, We Got to Add Our Own Chapter," 3 May 2018 Take a moment to check-in on your mental state now and then. oregonlive, "Tips to maintain or attain mental wellness, from teens who practice them," 8 Sep. 2019 Marlon Davidson likes to playfully remind K.J. Britt every now and then who exactly runs things around Auburn’s defensive meeting room and on the field. Tom Green |, al, "K.J. Britt establishing himself as ‘alpha’ on Auburn’s defense," 6 Aug. 2019 Between now and then, almost every single aspect of the team will be dissected for extensive examination. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Six burning questions ahead of the Arizona Cardinals' training camp," 23 July 2019 Between now and then, Kentucky voters will vote for governor in an election that pits Bevin against Democrat Andy Beshear, the current attorney general. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Republican majorities pass Bevin's pension bill, special session ends," 23 July 2019 Over the next few months, Stef caught Myra standing in that closet every now and then, looking at the baby clothes. Anna Claire Vollers |,, "Black, poor and Southern: One of the deadliest demographics for pregnant women in America," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of now and then

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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12 Nov 2019

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“Now and then.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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