from time to time

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from time to time

  1. (idiomatic) Occasionally; sometimes; once in a while.
    • c. 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.
  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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