(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

(every) now and aˈgain/ˈthen

occasionally: We see each other every now and again.She sat by the window, looking out now and then to see if they were coming.‘How often do you go to the theatre?’ ‘Now and then. Not often.’ OPPOSITE: all the time (2)
See also: again, and, now

every now and

then/again
From time to time; occasionally.
See also: and, every, now