from time to time

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from time to time

  1. (idiomatic) Occasionally; sometimes; once in a while.
    • circa 1595, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 3.
      I'll find out your man,
      And he shall signify from time to time
      Every good hap to you that chances here.
    • 1815, Sir Walter Scott, Guy Mannering, ch. 25,
      On these red embers Hatteraick from time to time threw a handful of twigs.
    • 1922, T. S. Eliot, "The Waste Land," lines 196-197,
      But at my back from time to time I hear
      The sound of horns and motors.
  2. (law) In whatever status exists at various times.
    (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought):
  3. (obsolete) Continuously from one time to another; at all times, constantly.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.v:
      So was she trayned vp from time to time, / In all chast vertue, and true bounti-hed / Till to her dew perfection she was ripened.


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