often as not

often as not

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Sometimes it was a young girl, again a widow; but as often as not it was some interesting married woman.
I tried him with some other questions, but his chattering, prompt responses were as often as not quite at cross purposes with my question.
They're so aggravating, so unprincipled, so spiteful--unless there's apoplexy in the family, Fred, you can't calculate upon 'em, and even then they deceive you just as often as not.
As often as not I don't drink tea, but I must feel that I can if I want to.
On the other side of the wall there were the two brothers so like each other in the midst of their unlikeness: Adam with knit brows, shaggy hair, and dark vigorous colour, absorbed in his "figuring"; Seth, with large rugged features, the close copy of his brother's, but with thin, wavy, brown hair and blue dreamy eyes, as often as not looking vaguely out of the window instead of at his book, although it was a newly bought book--Wesley's abridgment of Madame Guyon's life, which was full of wonder and interest for him.
They liked the warmth of the fire, too, and huddled round it till Purun Bhagat had to push them aside to throw on more fuel; and in the morning, as often as not, he would find a furry ape sharing his blanket.
All he said and did was abrupt, confused, feverish--very likely the words he spoke, as often as not, were not those he wished to say.
Thus she always gave herself a little shake, as she turned the corner, and, as often as not, reached her own door whistling a snatch of a Somersetshire ballad.
But huntin' as large a country as we do, we mayn't be back at that village for a month, and if the dressings ain't renewed, and gangrene sets in, often as not you find your man pegging about on his stumps.
As often as not, such promises are really false and never delivered, and when and, if delivered, the price one pays is excessive in nature.
As often as not, sex is about fantasy, but there is often little room for the fantastic in the kind of fiction that Benedict limits herself to.