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, scene 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.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter IX, The Younger Set:
      “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; []. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, and from time to time squinting sideways, as usual, in the ever-renewed expectation that he might catch a glimpse of his stiff, retroussé moustache.
    • 1922, T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land, ll.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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