off and on


Definition of off and on

: with periodic cessation : intermittently rained off and on all day

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Other Words from off and on

off-and-on adjective
They have an off-and-on relationship. off-and-on work

Examples of off and on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Usually, one crew member leans over the car, holding its top to steady it as the tires fly off and on. Wired, "How to Change the Tires on a Race Car—at Zero Gravity," 30 Nov. 2019 In a brief phone interview, Manuel Reyes, whom the complaint identified as another superior at Rey Co., said that Palma had worked for him off and on but was not employed by Rey on the site. Eli Rosenberg, Anchorage Daily News, "How a worker who survived a catastrophic New Orleans building collapse ended up in ICE detention," 25 Nov. 2019 Rudy Giuliani among longtime Ukraine advisers Trump's personal attorney, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, has been on the payrolls of various Ukrainian oligarchs, off and on, for more than a decade. Stephanie Baker, Fortune, "Why Ukraine Intertwines With U.S. Political Scandals," 1 Oct. 2019 People complained off and on over the years about ashes and corrosive fallout from the chimney at the plant that damaged paint on cars and homes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man pushes preservation of 400-foot-tall coastal smokestack," 8 Sep. 2019 Many have questioned his tactics in levying tariffs off and on over the last year. Los Angeles Times, "Americans’ attitudes toward China are getting much more negative, thanks to Trump," 13 Aug. 2019 The hospital says operating rooms have been infested by mold -- off and on -- for about a year likely because of deficiencies in the operating rooms' air handling and purification systems. CBS News, "Seattle Children's Hospital mold infections leave one dead, force closure of most operating rooms," 3 July 2019 The sun should show itself off and on Thursday and Friday, but won’t do much to warm things up. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Chilly weather headed for Twin Cities, and it could linger for a month," 1 Nov. 2019 Fixed-wing aircraft had been grounded off and on Wednesday morning, as the winds shifted. Tim Arango, New York Times, "‘Devil Winds’ Drive Southern California Fires," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of off and on

1535, in the meaning defined above

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Off and on.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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