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on again, off again

Irresolute; wavering in certainty or constancy; inconsistent. Commitment from the board regarding the merger of the two companies has been on again, off again since the plan was first proposed. Mike and I were pretty serious for about a year, but our relationship has been on again, off again ever since we graduated.
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on again, off again

 and off again, on again
uncertain; indecisive. I don't know about the picnic. It's on again, off again. It depends on the weather. Jane doesn't know if she's going to look for a new job. She's off again, on again about it.
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References in classic literature ?
I looked with sympathetic awe and fearfulness upon the man, who in mid-winter just landed from a four years' dangerous voyage, could so unrestingly push off again for still another tempestuous term.
Franklin Blake had arrived, and had gone off again on horseback.
"If you once let him begin a Poem," he said to Sylvie, "he'll never leave off again! He never does!"
'I'll sell thee off again, and I'll sell thee off again, and I'll sell thee off a score of times!' she cried, with something between a furious menace and an effort at a defiant dance.
And the questions he asked were so intimate, how Timothy slept, how he woke up, how he fell off again, what we put in his bath.
Now the farmers and the old ladies are afraid to send their animals to you--just as we were beginning to be well off again. Now we shall be ruined entirely.
If the enemy's troops march up angrily and remain facing ours for a long time without either joining battle or taking themselves off again, the situation is one that demands great vigilance and circumspection.
Then, when the sun was less hot, they started off again.
He would have let me go slower, but my spirit was up, and I was off again as fast as before.
I was not a hundred yards from her when the wind came again in a clap; she filled on the port tack and was off again, stooping and skimming like a swallow.
"Yes-- if Darcy does not put it off again. But I am at his disposal.
Do you think I forget your always coming home to sell and pocket everything, and going off again leaving us in the lurch?
Then she fluttered feathers, went a flying off again, With her booty flew, brought it to the sailor, From an olive tree a twig, right into his hands Brought the blade of green.
Perhaps he will stay among his friends till Christmas; and then, next spring, he will be off again. If he continue this plan, I shall be able to stay at Grassdale well enough - that is, I shall be able to stay, and that is enough; even an occasional bevy of friends at the shooting season may be borne, if Arthur get so firmly attached to me, so well established in good sense and principles before they come that I shall be able, by reason and affection, to keep him pure from their contaminations.
The pony made a moment's pause; but, as if it occurred to him that to stop when he was required might be to establish an inconvenient and dangerous precedent, he immediately started off again, rattled at a fast trot to the street corner, wheeled round, came back, and then stopped of his own accord.