on and off


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

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Yi himself is a Korean American who has worked for Morphosis on and off for 15 years, helping to found the firm’s Seoul office in 1994. Sam Lubell, Los Angeles Times, "Korean American museum design calls for a lush rooftop garden and a sense of mystery," 12 Aug. 2019 The busy model is always hopping on and off an airplane, heading to her next event appearance or runway show. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Bella Hadid’s Travel Style Is All About the Luggage Flex," 26 July 2019 Devers played in only 121 games, bouncing on and off the disabled list three times in the final three months of the regular season. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, "Rafael Devers staying red hot at top of the order," 18 July 2019 Bill Plaschke must really be tired of jumping on and off the Rob Pelinka bandwagon? latimes.com, "Letters: Baseball needs a bigger safety net, and now," 27 June 2019 Now 87 years old, the fire lookout retired today after working on and off since 1966 for a total of 35 seasons at the Devil’s Head Lookout Tower, according to Lawrence Lujan of the U.S. Forest Service. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Denver Post, "He spotted over 200 wildfires while at the Front Range’s last fire lookout. Now he’s retiring.," 25 June 2019 In the show, Brandon plays Brady, Tabitha's controlling and abusive on and off again boyfriend. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Get To Know the Cast of "Trinkets" And Their Characters," 17 June 2019 The Arizona Coyotes team is poised to do great things on and off the ice. Allen Kim, CNN, "The NHL now has its first Hispanic majority owner," 29 July 2019 Condolences to the family of longtime beloved North St. Paul assistant hockey coach Crist Langlett, who helped kids on and off the ice and has died at age 88. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Higher payroll with more wins is ‘part of the deal’ for Twins’ Pohlad," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of on and off

1668, in the meaning defined above

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