off and on


Definition of off and on

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

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Notable products on sale include the GoWISE 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer, which is 56 percent off and on sale for $86.51, and Wayfair's popular Lucid gel memory foam mattress, which is currently 72 percent off. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Wayfair's 4-Day Clearance Sale Is Here, And The Deals Are Amazing," 18 Jan. 2019 They were joined, off and on in exhibitions and under art-critical umbrellas, by the likes of Roger Brown, Ed Paschke, Christina Ramberg, Barbara Rossi and Ray Yoshida. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964-1980’ Review: A Celebration of the Weird," 18 Sep. 2018 The San Ysidro port of entry has had a line of asylum seekers off and on since last year when policy changes designed to keep more migrants in custody began clogging the processing system for new border arrivals. Kate Morrissey,, "Asylum seekers in Tijuana not deterred by immigration policy changes," 1 July 2018 Alexis and Fetty's relationship has been off and on since their split. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is Alexis Skyy? Everything You Need to Know About Rob Kardashian’s New Girlfriend," 20 Jan. 2019 Confidence: Medium-High Showers are likely to occur off and on all day Sunday. David Streit, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Cold quickly gives way to a milder weekend, but Sunday turns damp," 25 Jan. 2018 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

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1535, in the meaning defined above

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