: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That gap of 14 percentage points is the largest on-off swing on the team. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2023 Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson's on-off romance may not be off forever, after all—at least not if Thompson has his way. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 15 Mar. 2023 Featuring a handle for enhanced portability, a wide nozzle for full face coverage, and a simple on-off switch, the device is quite easy to use. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 9 Mar. 2023 His complicated reconciliation with Paige may be the meat of the series, but his frisky relationship with his on-off girlfriend Nadine (a fabulous Brenda Strong) and his affectionate mentorship of his grandson make for some of the sweetest moments. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Mar. 2023 Justin and Selena's eight-year on-off relationship comes to its final end. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 3 Mar. 2023 The base has just two buttons, an on-off switch on the flosser’s handle, and a pressure dial on the base that allows users to fine-tune the force of the water spray. Theresa Holland, Peoplemag, 2 Mar. 2023 His on-off splits are not as extreme as last year, but Cleveland is 1.5 points better per 100 possessions with him on the floor. Chris Manning, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 Last month, Jenner and her on-off boyfriend Travis Scott, the father of her two children, were reported to have broken up again. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 16 Feb. 2023 See More

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“On-off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on-off. Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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