by turn

by turns

In an alternating cycle; in successive or rotating turns. I think something was wrong, for her manner was by turns welcoming and cold, which made for a disconcerting evening. My wife and I divide household tasks by turns.
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by ˈturn(s)

used when talking of contrasting feelings or actions which follow each other: He looked surprised, worried and angry by turn.When they told me I had got the job in New York, I felt by turns excited and anxious.
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