now and then

adverb

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 Tragically, the microcassette — filled on both sides — of the golf-cart conversation was lost long ago, and Lasorda’s message faded away every now and then, too. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Mike Finger: Two decades later, Tommy Lasorda’s message still rings true," 9 Jan. 2021 Who doesn’t love a good frightful fable every now and then? Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 50 Best Horror Movies on Shudder," 2 Jan. 2021 Ghosts interfere with our sense of time, confusing the delineation between now and then. Reginald Dwayne Betts Kiese Makeba Laymon Carina Del Valle Schorske Dessa Irina Aleksander Sam Dolnick Mark Binelli Maggie Jones Rob Hoerburger Jamie Lauren Keiles Devin Gordon Jazmine Hughes Jenna Wortham Jade Chang Taffy Brodesser-akner Kaitlyn Greenidge Rowan Ricardo Phillips Michael Paterniti Wesley Morris Ismail Muhammad Anthony Giardina, New York Times, "Remembering some of the artists, innovators and thinkers we lost in the past year.," 23 Dec. 2020 Unfortunately the pandemic won’t have fully passed, and the extent of improvement in Covid cases by the spring will depend crucially on actions taken between now and then, points out Johns Hopkins epidemiologist Caitlin Rivers. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "For America’s Economy This Winter, a Covid Freeze and Then a Vaccine Thaw," 18 Dec. 2020 But every now and then, the actress sang a few lyrics by herself. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Does Christian Serratos Sing in Netflix's 'Selena: The Series'? The Actress Reveals the Truth," 12 Dec. 2020 All gift card and book sales between now and then will go directly to their employees. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, "Owner of Senate, Abigail Street, Pontiac in OTR closes restaurants due to failed COVID-19 response," 26 Nov. 2020 Every now and then, a dish made during a staff meal will eventually make the menu. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Dan Dan tacos, pupusas, gumbo: How restaurant staff break bread together for ‘family meal’," 26 Nov. 2020 PCMag wrote: Every now and then, the service will cut out for about 10 seconds. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "SpaceX Starlink has some hiccups as expected, but users are impressed," 12 Nov. 2020

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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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18 Jan 2021

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“Now and then.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/now%20and%20then. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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