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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 turns

Alternately, one after another, as in She is by turns cheerful, serious, and sad. [First half of 1500s]
See also: turn