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  • adv. now and then

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. now and then; frequently; often.
  • adv. now and then; often. See under Anon.


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  • The iambic movement has a ring of gladness about it, the trochaic a wail of sadness: the former resembles a nimble pedestrian, striding apace with an elastic step and a cheerful heart; the latter is like a man toiling along on the desert path, where his foot is ever and anon sliding back in the burning sand (Raml, whence probably the name of the metre).

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • There, 4 miles away, lay the island, and close at hand the turtle were ever and anon rising, balloon-like, from coral gardens to gulp greedy draughts of air, which not even the salty essences of the ocean could rob of its perfume.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Perhaps he said more than that, but d'ye know, I doubt it — I can see him yet, bolt upright on his camp-stool, the lean, muscular arms folded across his long body, the grizzled whiskers like a furze-bush, chewing each word slowly before he let it out, the light eyes straying ever and anon to his beloved bull fiddle.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • These adverse impulsions are not produced by volitions, but are back of and beneath the will, and ever and anon act upon it.

    Life of Rev. A. Crooks, A. M.

  • Around the horizon of his countenance there spread a dark and six-days 'beard, like a slowly rising thundercloud; ever and anon there was a gleam of white teeth, like a bright break in the sky, but it meant nothing.

    Euphemia Among the Pelicans

  • Then in a shrill high voice full of passionate fervour, and trembling as if with tears, she spoke in her own tongue, and ever and anon amid the tragic torrent of sound the words "Tatapatamoi chepiack, Tatapatamoi chepiack" could be heard. she reproaches the white men;

    This Country of Ours: The Story of the United States

  • During the day the megapode is sometimes silent, but ever and anon it gives way to what may in charity be presumed to be a crow — - an uncouth, discordant effort to imitate the boastful, tuneful challenge of the civilised rooster.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • "The siege of Petersburg went on, and the sad news of General Early's defeats in the valley came ever and anon to add fresh sorrow and despair to the South; but with a blind and desperate disregard of the situation, no hand was lifted to stay the slaughter or make terms amid so many combatants."

    Memoirs of W. W. Holden,

  • Clinging to the bark of the bloodwood, with tail spread out fan-wise as additional support, he searches every interstice, and ever and anon flies to the

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • I went on with my day's business tranquilly; but ever and anon vague suggestions kept wandering across my brain of reasons why I should quit Thornfield; and I kept involuntarily framing advertisements and pondering conjectures about new situations: these thoughts I did not think it necessary to check; they might germinate and bear fruit if they could.

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. I.


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