every now and then


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(every) now and then

Occasionally; sometimes. Josh does stop by the store every now and then, but I haven't seen him lately. I don't eat a lot of sweets, but every now and then I just need a piece of chocolate cake.
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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
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