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off again, on again

Irresolute; wavering in certainty or constancy; inconsistent. Commitment from the board regarding the merger of the two companies has been off again, on again since the plan was first proposed. Mike and I were dating pretty seriously for about a year, but we've just been off again, on again since then.
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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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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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on and off

 and off and on
occasionally; erratically; now and again. I feel better off and on, but I'm not well yet. He only came to class on and off.
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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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on and off

Intermittently.
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