(every) now and then

(every) now and then

Occasionally; sometimes. Josh does stop by the store every now and then, but I haven't seen him lately. I don't eat a lot of sweets, but every now and then I just need a piece of chocolate cake.
See also: and, now

(every) now and then

 and (every) now and again; (every) once in a while
occasionally; infrequently. We eat lamb every now and then. We eat pork now and then. I read a novel every now and again.
See also: and, now

now and then

sometimes; occasionally. (See also (every) now and then.) I like to go to a movie now and then. We visit my parents now and then, but we rarely see our other relatives.
See also: and, now

every now and then

Also, every now and again; every once in a while; every so often. Occasionally, from time to time; also, periodically. For example, Every now and then I long for a piece of chocolate, or We take long walks every now and again, or Every once in a while he'll call, or Every so often she washes the car. The first term dates from the first half of the 1700s, the last from the mid-1900s. Also see from time to time; once in a while.
See also: and, every, now