off and on


Definition of off and on

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

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Construction began around 500 CE and proceeded off and on, in phases, over the next few centuries until the Tiwanaku left the site around 900 or 1000 CE. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists reconstruct pre-Columbian temple with 3D-printed blocks," 17 Dec. 2018 Victoria Azarenka has been a fan of shorts off and on since 2012. Vanessa Friedman, The Seattle Times, "Forget Serena Williams’ catsuit. What’s the point of the tennis dress?," 28 Aug. 2018 Enterprise users will be able to toggle the camera and mic off and on, Microsoft said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10 blocks pesky notifications with improved Focus Assist feature in Build 18277," 7 Nov. 2018 Baggage handlers have to move bags off and on planes quickly, and don't discern between run-of-the-mill luggage and your more expensive pieces when loading and unloading. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You Need to Know About Plastic-Wrapping Your Luggage," 5 Oct. 2018 Turning the car's engine off and on provided a quick fix to that issue. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "British Beauty: The Aston Martin Vanquish," 19 May 2014 Further Reading Palm rises from the dead as a zombie brand, launches tiny smartphone The Japanese company has been producing unusual phone designs off and on for years, like a Nintendo DS-like dual-screen handset in the early Android days. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "This business card-sized Japanese phone bucks the giant-phone trend," 19 Oct. 2018 Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Engaged for: Six years (off and on) Cyrus and Hemsworth have survived a series of ups and downs in their relationship: The couple got engaged in 2012, but called off the engagement a year later. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "11 of the Longest Celebrity Engagements," 12 Aug. 2018 The couple has been off and on since welcoming their daughter on April 3, making headlines for their explosive altercations. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Ronnie Ortiz-Magro's Ex Posts Sweet Couple Photos as Source Says They're 'Taking Things Slow'," 12 July 2018

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1535, in the meaning defined above

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