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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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 That's fine every now and then but too much coloring (yo, Kylie Jenner—we're looking at you) is like death for your hair. Kenny Thapoung, Marie Claire, "9 Reasons Your Hair Is Falling Out," 30 Sep. 2015 After all, there's nothing wrong with a little self-indulgence, now and then. Alice Bradley, Redbook, "My Instant I'm-So-Sick-Of-Winter Fix," 31 Jan. 2011 The story of passion, betrayal and cultural displacement makes daring leaps in time, now and then moving ahead by a couple of years. Caryn James, WSJ, "In ‘Cold War,’ a Filmmaker Takes His Parents’ Love Story and Runs With It," 18 Dec. 2018 Every now and then something comes along and just brightens your day. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Garner and Ariana Grande Just Gushed About the '13 Going on 30' Tribute in the "Thank U, Next" Video on Instagram," 1 Dec. 2018 Add the chickpeas and fry for 6 minutes, stirring every now and then until crisp and golden-brown. Yotam Ottolenghi, The Seattle Times, "Yet another way to eat your spinach: try the Tunisian condiment pkaila," 18 Sep. 2018 Every now and then, however, ISOs are published (in theory every time there's a build pushed to the slow channel) allowing for fresh installs. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Another Windows 10 SKU is on its way, this time for remote desktops," 3 Aug. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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