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off and on

sometimes but not regularly or continuously on and off It's been drizzling off and on for most of the morning. I've been exercising kind of off and on for a while now.
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off and on

Also, on and off.
1. Intermittently, from time to time. For example, I read his column off and on, or We've been working on the garden all summer, on and off. [Early 1500s]
2. Also, off again, on again; on again, off again. Uncertain, vacillating, as in Theirs is an off again, on again relationship, or The peace talks are on again, off again. Some believe this term originally referred to minor railroad accidents, where a train went off track and then on again. [Mid-1800s]
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