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keep (some kind of) hours

1. To maintain a particular pattern or schedule of being awake and asleep. Because of the huge time difference, Sam has kept really strange hours since coming back from Japan. It's important that the kids start keeping regular hours when they are young, since having unpredictable bedtimes can cause a lot of problems with sleep.
2. To maintain particular business hours. The local doctor has always kept rather irregular hours. Sometimes it just comes down to luck whether he'll be there at all on a given day.
See also: hour, keep, kind

on an irregular basis

Not very often and/or in an inconsistent, irregular manner. The general manager drops into the restaurant on a pretty irregular basis, so the members of staff tend to be pretty laid back here.
See also: basis, irregular, on
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"It's still unclear whether these flirtations are the cause of IC 3583's irregular appearance - but whatever the cause, the galaxy makes for a strikingly delicate sight in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, glimmering in the blackness of space."
I am impressed with the myriad examples of irregular fighters Scheipers identifies through her wide-ranging research, the careful distinctions she makes among them, and the frequently problematic interpretations of those combatants she teases out of the writings of generals, politicians, and lawyers.
An intriguing theme running throughout Unlawful Combatants is irregular warfare often occurs at the edges of conventional war, and even as an authorized auxiliary to it, e.g.
Book three, The Darkness Dwellers, finds Kiki and the Irregulars uncovering an international smuggling operation.
The conditions of small wars are so diversified, the enemy's mode of fighting is often so peculiar, and the theatres of operations present such singular features, that irregular warfare must generally be carried out on a method totally different from the stereotyped system [for regular war].
It is not possible today to talk about irregular warfare and counterinsurgency (COIN) without discussing Iraq.
Last year The Irregulars made a donation to the Dalesway Association.
High token-frequency irregulars may also have accrued enough 'lexical strength' (see Bybee, 1995) to 'withstand' the influence of variables such as presentation modality.
Individual irregulars may exert their own influence in compounding.
Finding irregulars isn't just a matter of scouring the sky with a sensitive detector.
In addition, by inspecting the verbs included in the list of most frequent forms used by children with SLI and the MLU controls, it is apparent that phonological effects are also a factor, given that over 80% of verb types in both groups is represented by irregulars.
Likewise, the irregular moons of Jupiter and Uranus move opposite to the direction of rotation of their planets and their other moons.
Researchers reported in 1986 that a simple neural network learned the past tenses of regular and irregular verbs--such as "showed" for "show" and "went" for "go," respectively--in much the same way as has been observed in children.
The irregular verb system in English is simple compared to the one that the Spanish language has, where the many different kinds of irregularities that exist challenge any Spanish learner.
In reading Carens's paper, I often found myself wondering what the underlying political philosophy was that he was bringing to bear on the irregular migrants question.