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as often as not

Frequently; more than half the time. The phrase is not always preceded by the adverb "as." As often as not, I end up disliking coming back to my hometown for a visit. I'll have a drink with dinner often as not.
See also: not, often

bad workers always blame their tools

If someone performs a job or task poorly or unsuccessfully, they will usually lay the blame on the quality of their equipment, or other such external factors, rather than take responsibility for their own failure. The football player blamed the overinflated ball for costing his team the game, but as they say, bad workers always blame their tools.
See also: always, bad, blame, tool, worker

(as) often as not

In most instances; usually; at least, if not more than, half the time. As often as not, Jamie's and David's debates end up turning into petty arguments. I find these introductory college courses to be, often as not, a rather boring waste of one's time.
See also: not, often

the pitcher will go to the well once too often

A period of good luck will eventually end. I know that being on a winning streak is very exciting, but just remember that the pitcher will go to the well once too often. I'm sure he will continue to break the law until he gets caught. The pitcher will go to the well once too often.
See also: often, once, pitcher, well, will

every so often

Sometimes; occasionally. Josh does stop by the store every so often, but I haven't seen him lately. I don't eat a lot of sweets, but every so often I just need a piece of chocolate cake.
See also: every, often

Half the truth is often a whole lie.

Prov. If you do not tell the whole truth, you can mislead people just as if you tell them an outright lie. Jill: You lied to me. Jane: I did not. Everything I said was true. Jill: But you didn't tell me the whole story. And half the truth is often a whole lie.
See also: half, lie, often, truth, whole

Little and often fills the purse.

Prov. If you get a little bit of money frequently, you will always have enough. Jill: I don't think I'll ever be able to save very much; I can only afford to save such a little bit of money from every paycheck. Jane: Ah, but little and often fills the purse.
See also: and, fill, little, often, purse

more often than not

Fig. usually. These flowers will live through the winter more often than not. This kind of dog will grow up to be a good watchdog more often than not.
See also: more, not, often

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

more often than not

Also, often as not. Fairly frequently, more than or at least half the time, as in More often than not we'll have dinner in the den, or Dean and Chris agree on travel plans, often as not. [First half of 1900s]
See also: more, not, often

often as not

See also: not, often

more .../more often than somebody has had hot ˈdinners

(informal, often humorous) used for emphasizing how much/many or how often somebody has done something: He’s won more medals than you’ve had hot dinners.She’s been to France more often than you’ve had hot dinners.
See also: dinner, hot, more, often, somebody

ˌevery so ˈoften

occasionally: I usually drink tea, but every so often I have coffee after dinner.
See also: every, often

(as) ˌoften as ˈnot


more ˌoften than ˈnot

frequently; usually: As often as not I watch TV after dinner.
See also: not, often

ˌonce too ˈoften

used to say that somebody has done something wrong or stupid again, and this time they will suffer because of it: You’ve tried that trick once too often.
See also: often, once

every so often

At intervals; occasionally.
See also: every, often
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The reason why him betweonum in the Orosius looks like a formula is that, especially in narrative historical material, the third personal pronoun is very much oftener than first or second personal pronouns governed by words for 'between'.
she felt that, like her own oppression, it was painful to disturb oftener than was needful" (127).
His comments on this are numerous and pungent: "If I valued my friends less I should visit them oftener.
We will make more holidays into nature with him; but he, in fairness, must earn them, as well as ourselves, by sharing our working days:--we will emerge oftener into his fields, sit dangling our legs over his styles, and cultivate a due respect for his daffodils; but he, on the other hand, must grow a little better acquainted with our streets, must put up with our lawyers, and even find out a heart or so among our politicians.
Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes; stir occasionally, oftener as mixture thickens.
Also, tourists from the USA, Australia, Brazil and Israel have begun to visit Kyrgyzstan oftener.
We are no longer broken down to one level, and into one mass, under the unsympathising and insensible government of institutions and edicts; but live in unforced intercourse one with another, and consult much oftener the dictates of feeling and promptings of disposition, than the inventions of legislators.
And while EBB also wrote frequently to her other sister, Henrietta, after the latter's marriage on April 6, 1850 she told Arabella, "I shall henceforth write rather the oftener to you, Arabel, because she has more to amuse her now" (1:325).
Now, they remember about us oftener," Sharyi Barakova added.
In rare instances, the filter may need to be cleaned oftener.
Traffic accidents oftener occur with right-hand drive vehicles than with left-hand drive vehicles.
Plants may need water only once a week or less in cool climates, oftener in hot climates or if they're in sandy soil.
Also, you can't increase fertilizer concentration to accommodate more emitters; all you can do is fertilize oftener.
Water young trees oftener and make sure you soak the rootball thoroughly.