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 The script has been rewritten off and on for No. 2 Notre Dame, which plays Syracuse on Saturday, Dec. 5, in a year dominated by the pandemic, but the overall goal remains the same for Brian Kelly and his team: win two championships. Mark Heim |, al, "No. 2 Notre Dame-Syracuse live stream (12/5): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 5 Dec. 2020 Oppenheim spent parts of 2018 and 2019 at the Villages filming off and on with a small crew. Ben Crandell,, "Sex, drugs and pickleball: What a 24-year-old filmmaker learned about growing old in the Villages," 29 Dec. 2020 Glencoe Village President Larry Levin said discussions over the possible annexation have been taking place off and on for years, but have intensified in recent months. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Glencoe looks to annex unincorporated portions of Chicago Botanic Garden, nearby county land," 23 Dec. 2020 Special teams was also off and on, with the return units coughing up the ball a few times but punter Mark Crawford having his best game, pinning the Cornhuskers in tough field positions a couple of times. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Gophers get back to playing — and winning," 12 Dec. 2020 The city commission resumed its in-person meetings off and on over the next few months. USA Today, "A small town dragged its feet on COVID-19 mask mandates. Now residents are paying the price.," 11 Dec. 2020 The Cascades are likely to see snow, off and on, for the next few days. oregonlive, "Portland metro Thursday weather: Dense fog until 10 a.m., showers by late afternoon," 10 Dec. 2020 Morigeau, who grew up hunting and fishing and owns twenty-two firearms, has identified, off and on, as an Independent. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, "The Montana Voters Who Could Decide Control of the Senate," 21 Oct. 2020 Ars has been covering TrueNAS—formerly FreeNAS—off and on since 2011. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "TrueNAS R-series hyperconverged appliances blend storage and compute," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of off and on

1535, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jan 2021

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“Off and on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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