: used to turn something on and off
an on-off switch
: relating to something that is sometimes on and sometimes off
a switch set to a random on-off pattern

Examples of on-off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The on-off couple were reported to have separated in September 2021. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 11 Sep. 2023 Gomez’s last public relationship was with on-off ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber in 2018. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 31 Aug. 2023 Gomez and The Weeknd (né Abel Tesfaye) dated for 10 months, connecting two months after his split from on-off girlfriend Bella Hadid and soon after Gomez's split from Justin Bieber. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 28 Aug. 2023 Tesla chief Elon Musk and Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg are due to pummel each other in a Las Vegas cage fight at some point in the near future, despite the disapproval of Musk’s mother, Maye and on-off girlfriend Grimes. David Meyer, Fortune, 10 Aug. 2023 Hadid and Malik had ended their on-off romance for good in October 2021. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 26 July 2023 The on-off couple has been spotted together with some frequency lately after their engagement appeared to be on the rocks earlier this year. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2023 Gigi and Malik ended their on-off relationship for good shortly after news of the incident came out. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 12 July 2023 Each shoe, no matter the color, features Asics’ sporty logo on each side, as well as durable laces (many of them patterned) and subtle pull-tabs at the heel to make on-off a breeze. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 12 July 2023 See More

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“On-off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on-off. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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