off and on
Also, on and off.
Intermittently, from time to time. For example, I read his column off and on, or We've been working on the garden all summer, on and off. [Early 1500s]
Also, off again, on again; on again, off again. Uncertain, vacillating, as in Theirs is an off again, on again relationship, or The peace talks are on again, off again. Some believe this term originally referred to minor railroad accidents, where a train went off track and then on again. [Mid-1800s]
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Example sentences from the Web for off and on
We filmed it off-and-on over the course of a few months earlier this year.Patton Oswalt Sounds Off On Stand-Up’s Critics and Why Comedians Should Win Oscars|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If he'd a reg'lar task to do, He never took no rest; Or if 'twas off-and-on—the same— He done his level best.Sketches New and Old, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Miss Charlotte's temper is past all the last few weeks, she is that off-and-on and changeable like and spirity.The Squire of Sandal-Side|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
There was a subject to which I had given some years of off-and-on study.The Young Man and the World|Albert J. Beveridge