on and off

adverb

Definition of on and off

: with periodic cessation : off and on, intermittently Lucy was sick on and off for two years before doctors were able to discover what was wrong.— Jo Abi

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on-and-off adjective
It took more than 20 break-ups for Melissa Meagher to realise her six-year on-and-off relationship with her ex had to end for good. — Sophie Aubrey

First Known Use of on and off

1668, in the meaning defined above

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“On and off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20and%20off. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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