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something thing, a

Something occasional or transient, as in For most free-lance musicians, work is a sometime thing. This idiom gained currency in the title of a song by George Gershwin, “A Woman Is A Sometime Thing” (1935), introduced in the folk opera Porgy and Bess.
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