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off and on

Intermittently. It's been snowing off and on since last night, but not much has accumulated. We had been dating off and on for about a year, but we didn't get serious until last month.
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off and on

Also, on and off.
1. Intermittently, from time to time. For example, I read his column off and on, or We've been working on the garden all summer, on and off. [Early 1500s]
2. Also, off again, on again; on again, off again. Uncertain, vacillating, as in Theirs is an off again, on again relationship, or The peace talks are on again, off again. Some believe this term originally referred to minor railroad accidents, where a train went off track and then on again. [Mid-1800s]
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off and on

intermittently; now and then.
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ˌoff and ˈon

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ˌon and ˈoff

not regularly; not continuously: It rained on and off all week.
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