: existing briefly and in an intermittent unpredictable way
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Examples of on-again, off-again in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web She was long seen as a rising G.O.P. star but her allure in the party has declined amid her on-again, off-again embrace of Trump. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2023 Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson had an on-again, off-again relationship from 2008 to 2009. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 15 Mar. 2023 Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth get engaged After three years as an on-again, off-again couple, Hemsworth proposed to Cyrus in 2012 with a 3.5-carat ring from Neil Lane. Diana Pearl, Peoplemag, 10 Mar. 2023 Among those most invested in securing better coverage on Fox for Trump is Jason Miller, his longtime on-again, off-again spokesman. Michael Scherer, Josh Dawsey and Sarah Ellison, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Mar. 2023 During the months of intense uncertainty that followed, Ali stuck with the company, attempting to tune out the deluge of news about the on-again, off-again deal to focus on her health and the health of her child. Clare Duffy, CNN, 6 Mar. 2023 Also at large is Neda Kapur, an idealistic journalist who has an on-again, off-again affair with Sunny. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2023 She was long seen as a rising G.O.P. star but her allure in the party has declined amid her on-again, off-again embrace of Mr. Trump. Jonathan Weisman, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2023 She's defended Hailey in the past, asking her fans to stop attacking the woman Justin married in September 2018 following the final off in their on-again, off-again relationship in spring of that year. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 24 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of on-again, off-again was in 1946

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“On-again, off-again.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on-again%2C%20off-again. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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