off and on
adverb Date: 1535 with periodic cessation ; intermittently <
rained off and on all day
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  • Off and on — Off Off ([o^]f; 115), adv. [OE. of, orig. the same word as R. of, prep., AS. of, adv. & prep. [root]194. See {Of}.] In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as: [1913 Webster] 1. Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile off …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • off and on — also[on and off] {adv.} Not regularly; occasionally; sometimes. * /Joan wrote to a pen pal in England off and on for several years./ * /It rained off and on all day./ Sometimes used with hyphens like an adjective. * /A worn out cord may make a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • off and on — also[on and off] {adv.} Not regularly; occasionally; sometimes. * /Joan wrote to a pen pal in England off and on for several years./ * /It rained off and on all day./ Sometimes used with hyphens like an adjective. * /A worn out cord may make a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • off-and-on — adj. discontinuous; not continuous. Opposite of {continuous}. [prenominal] Syn: interrupted. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To stand off and on — Stand Stand (st[a^]nd), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Stood} (st[oo^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Standing}.] [OE. standen; AS. standan; akin to OFries. stonda, st[=a]n, D. staan, OS. standan, st[=a]n, OHG. stantan, st[=a]n, G. stehen, Icel. standa, Dan. staae,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • On and on — On On, adv. [See {On}, prep.] 1. Forward, in progression; onward; usually with a verb of motion; as, move on; go on; the beat goes on. Time glides on. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] The path is smooth that leadeth on to danger. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • off-again, on-again — or[on again, off again] {adj. phr.}, {informal} Not settled; changeable; uncertain. * /John and Susan had an off again, on again romance./ * /I don t like this off again, on again business. Are we going to have the party or not?/ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • off-again, on-again — or[on again, off again] {adj. phr.}, {informal} Not settled; changeable; uncertain. * /John and Susan had an off again, on again romance./ * /I don t like this off again, on again business. Are we going to have the party or not?/ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Now and on Earth — is a 1942 novel by Jim Thompson, it was his first published novel. Set in San Diego during World War II, it is a semi autobiographical description of the author s life working in an airplane manufacturing plant during the war years and the… …   Wikipedia

  • Off — ([o^]f; 115), adv. [OE. of, orig. the same word as R. of, prep., AS. of, adv. & prep. [root]194. See {Of}.] In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as: [1913 Webster] 1. Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile off. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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