in fits and starts
phrasal see by fits

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • in fits and starts — by/in/fits and starts phrase stopping and starting again many times, rather than progressing steadily Efforts at reform seem to come in fits and starts. Thesaurus: starting and stopping oftensynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • in fits and starts — irregularly, with many stops and starts By fits and starts the company was finally able to begin business. (from Idioms in Speech) in sudden outbursts of energy, not lasting for a long time Youth only recognizes age by fits and starts. (J.… …   Idioms and examples

  • in fits and starts — if something happens in fits and starts, it often stops and then starts again. Replies are arriving in fits and starts …   New idioms dictionary

  • in fits and starts —    If you do something in fits and starts, you do it in an irregular manner, often stopping and starting again.     You ll never make progress in English if you work in fits and starts …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • in fits and starts — by fits and starts she writes in fits and starts yet manages to complete a new book almost every year Syn: spasmodically, intermittently, sporadically, erratically, irregularly, fitfully, haphazardly …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • in fits and starts — ► in (or by) fits and starts with irregular bursts of activity. Main Entry: ↑fit …   English terms dictionary

  • in fits and starts — according to his mood; intermittently …   English contemporary dictionary

  • by or in fits and starts — idi by or in fits and starts, at irregular intervals; intermittently …   From formal English to slang

  • by/in fits and starts — see ↑fit, 4 • • • Main Entry: ↑start …   Useful english dictionary

  • fits and starts — noun repeated bursts of activity they worked in fits and starts • Hypernyms: ↑burst, ↑fit * * * fits and starts Spasmodic and irregular bursts of activity • • • Main Entry: ↑fit …   Useful english dictionary

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