now and then
adverb Date: 15th century from time to time ; occasionally <
now and then we go off to the country
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  • Now and then — Now Now (nou), adv. [OE. nou, nu, AS. n[=u], nu; akin to D., OS., & OHG. nu, G. nu, nun, Icel., n[=u], Dan., Sw., & Goth. nu, L. nunc, Gr. ny , ny^n, Skr. nu, n[=u]. [root]193. Cf. {New}.] [1913 Webster] 1. At the present time; at this moment; at …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • now and then — or[now and again] {adv. phr.} Not often; not regularly; occasionally; sometimes. * /Now and then he goes to a ball game./ * /The maid broke a dish now and then./ Syn.: AT TIMES, FROM TIME TO TIME, ONCE IN A WHILE. Compare: EVERY NOW AND THEN, OFF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • now and then — or[now and again] {adv. phr.} Not often; not regularly; occasionally; sometimes. * /Now and then he goes to a ball game./ * /The maid broke a dish now and then./ Syn.: AT TIMES, FROM TIME TO TIME, ONCE IN A WHILE. Compare: EVERY NOW AND THEN, OFF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Now and then — Then Then ([th][e^]n), adv. [Originally the same word as than. See {Than}.] 1. At that time (referring to a time specified, either past or future). [1913 Webster] And the Canaanite was then in the land. Gen. xii. 6. [1913 Webster] Now I know in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • every now and then — or[every now and again] or[every so often] or[every once in a while] {adv. phr.} At fairly regular intervals; fairly often; repeatedly. * /John comes to visit me every now and then./ * /It was hot work, but every so often Susan would bring us… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • every now and then — or[every now and again] or[every so often] or[every once in a while] {adv. phr.} At fairly regular intervals; fairly often; repeatedly. * /John comes to visit me every now and then./ * /It was hot work, but every so often Susan would bring us… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Every now and then — Every Ev er*y, a. & a. pron. [OE. everich, everilk; AS. [=ae]fre ever + [ae]lc each. See {Ever}, {each}.] 1. All the parts which compose a whole collection or aggregate number, considered in their individuality, all taken separately one by one,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • every now and then — or every now and again or every so often phrasal at intervals ; occasionally …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Now and again — Now Now (nou), adv. [OE. nou, nu, AS. n[=u], nu; akin to D., OS., & OHG. nu, G. nu, nun, Icel., n[=u], Dan., Sw., & Goth. nu, L. nunc, Gr. ny , ny^n, Skr. nu, n[=u]. [root]193. Cf. {New}.] [1913 Webster] 1. At the present time; at this moment; at …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Now and now — Now Now (nou), adv. [OE. nou, nu, AS. n[=u], nu; akin to D., OS., & OHG. nu, G. nu, nun, Icel., n[=u], Dan., Sw., & Goth. nu, L. nunc, Gr. ny , ny^n, Skr. nu, n[=u]. [root]193. Cf. {New}.] [1913 Webster] 1. At the present time; at this moment; at …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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