Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. On different tacks, now toward, and now away from, the land.
  • adj. discontinuous; not continuous. Opposite of continuous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Occasional.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. not regularly
  • adj. intermittently stopping and starting

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Examples

  • The family has sought deals off-and-on to take advantage of the water rights for several years, says Mr. Cropsey.

    Developers Bet Large on Big-Box Sites

  • Under a plan debated off-and-on since the early 1990s, the various separate criminal investigators—from the procuracy, the Interior Ministry, the Federal Security Service FSB, and other bodies—would be united in a single investigatory agency, analogous to the American FBI.

    The Return

  • I'm also, in my off-and-on way, reading "Freedom," and am 320 pages into it, and it's very good, and I can offer this latest, incremental review:

    Baseball vs. literature

  • I am a long time off-and-on F&S reader and just recently became a subscriber.

    How You Can Fight Global Warming

  • A Reuters/Ipsos online poll released on Saturday showed Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts and off-and-on Republican front-runner, with an 11 percentage point lead over Gingrich, up from 8 points a day earlier.

    Herman Cain endorses Newt Gingrich for president

  • Dylan's off-and-on engagement with politics is intriguing.

    Peter Dreier: The Political Bob Dylan

  • Although the issue had been covered off-and-on over the years, almost exclusively by the Guardian, allegations of illegal behavior at the News of the World have received feverish attention since a July 4 report alleged that someone at the tabloid hacked the phone of 13-year-old murder victim Milly Dowler in 2002 while police were still searching for her.

    U.K. police asked to investigate phone 'pinging'

  • Combine that with sporadic television habits on my part, and the off-and-on periods in which we actually had television, and it meant that I didn't see the original series often enough for it to do anything.

    Revisiting Star Trek [Part 1 of 7]: The Original Series

  • The actor said last week that he is now 100 percent clean and feels great, but admitted his sobriety has been "off-and-on" the last five years.

    Martin Sheen on Charlie: Addiction Is a Form of Cancer

  • The dollar and oil have had an off-and-on inverse trading relationship for years, particularly when supply and demand indicators haven't clearly steered crude prices.

    Oil Slips; Focus on Dollar

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