by fits
or by fits and starts or in fits and starts phrasal in an impulsive and irregular manner <
construction proceeded by fits and starts
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • By fits — Fit Fit, n. [AS. fit strife, fight; of uncertain origin. [root] 77.] 1. A stroke or blow. [Obs. or R.] [1913 Webster] Curse on that cross, quoth then the Sarazin, That keeps thy body from the bitter fit. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. A sudden and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • by fits — adverb or by fits and starts : at intervals : impulsively and irregularly : fitfully, intermittently slow wandering footsteps that halted and came on by fits Pearl Buck Japanese expansion proceeded not according to any coldly calculated master… …   Useful english dictionary

  • by fits — Irregularly, fitfully, by fits and starts …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • by\ fits\ and\ jerks — • by fits and starts • by fits and jerks adv. phr. With many stops and starts, a little now and a little more later; not all the time; irregularly. He had worked on the invention by fits and starts for several years. You will never get anywhere… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • by\ fits\ and\ starts — • by fits and starts • by fits and jerks adv. phr. With many stops and starts, a little now and a little more later; not all the time; irregularly. He had worked on the invention by fits and starts for several years. You will never get anywhere… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • by fits and starts — adverb intermittently he worked on his book by fits and starts * * * adverb see by fits * * * by/in/fits and starts phrase stopping and starting again many times, rather than progressing steadily Efforts …   Useful english dictionary

  • By fits and starts — Fit Fit, n. [AS. fit strife, fight; of uncertain origin. [root] 77.] 1. A stroke or blow. [Obs. or R.] [1913 Webster] Curse on that cross, quoth then the Sarazin, That keeps thy body from the bitter fit. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. A sudden and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • by 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

  • by fits and starts — or[jerks] {adv. phr.} With many stops and starts, a little now and a little more later; not all the time; irregularly. * /He had worked on the invention by fits and starts for several years./ * /You will never get anywhere if you study just by… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • by fits and starts — or[jerks] {adv. phr.} With many stops and starts, a little now and a little more later; not all the time; irregularly. * /He had worked on the invention by fits and starts for several years./ * /You will never get anywhere if you study just by… …   Dictionary of American idioms

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”