off and on


: with periodic cessation : intermittently
rained off and on all day
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 Marte had been dealing with knee soreness off and on since the start of the month but had been mostly able to play through it until Saturday, when the Mets removed him from a game at Wrigley Field after his first at-bat. Abbey Mastracco, New York Daily News, 25 June 2024 Soltani hopes the impasse will end before long and said the challenge will be creating a safe space for differing perspectives while providing context for a conflict that has raged off and on for seven decades. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 Then, in the mid-1980s, the PKK launched an armed insurgency in Turkey that has continued off and on until the present day. Henri J. Barkey, Foreign Affairs, 12 Feb. 2019 The shooting continued off and on for about 20 minutes before a sheriff’s deputy talked him into surrendering, prosecutors said. City News Service, Orange County Register, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for off and on 

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Word History

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of off and on was in 1535

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“Off and on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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