off and on


Definition of off and on 

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

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Keyana Workman, 25, who has two young children and lives in Brooklyn, has been off and on food stamps for the last three years, as jobs and income fluctuate. New York Times, "This Start-Up Says It Wants to Fight Poverty. A Food Stamp Giant Is Blocking It.," 23 Apr. 2018 She and the radio host dated off and on for four years. Alexia Fernandez,, "Mystery Solved! Stassi Schroeder's New Love Is Advertising Associate Beau Clark," 17 Feb. 2018 Not coincidentally, a small-r republican movement flourished in Britain off and on during Victoria's 40 years of grim-faced widowhood. Patt Morrison,, "After centuries of practice, Britain's royals figure out how to turn a wedding into a global watch party," 17 May 2018 The commission had been discussing crafting such an ordinance, off and on, since 2011. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "South Euclid City Council looks to make sure vacant buildings don't sit vacant for long," 15 May 2018 Their physical relationship continued, off and on, during her junior and senior years. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "He ‘would be honored’ to be her first kiss. How coach ‘groomed’ his player for sex," 22 Jan. 2018 Probably the most difficult was during my trial and then some moments off and on throughout my incarceration. John Wilkens,, "Wrongly convicted San Diegan looks back at horrors of incarceration, joy of release in new memoir, 'Exoneree'," 21 Jan. 2018 Kirsten gave birth to Kensli in 2015 after the couple had been off and on for about two years. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "5 Things to Know About Chance the Rapper's Fiancee Kirsten Corley," 5 July 2018 He a 1992 graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and lived in Indianapolis off and on during his early adult life. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Cornelison poised to take '(Back Home Again in) Indiana' torch from Indy 500 icon, Nabors," 25 May 2018

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1535, in the meaning defined above

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