once in a while

once in a while
adverb
now and then or here and there (Freq. 1)
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he was arrogant and occasionally callous

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open areas are only occasionally interrupted by clumps of trees

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they visit New York on occasion

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now and again she would take her favorite book from the shelf and read to us

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as we drove along, the beautiful scenery now and then attracted his attention

Syn: ↑occasionally, ↑on occasion, ↑now and then, ↑now and again, ↑at times, ↑from time to time
Derived from adjective: ↑occasional (for: ↑occasionally)

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OCCASIONALLY, from time to time, (every) now and then/again, every so often, on occasion, at times, sometimes, off and on, at intervals, periodically, sporadically, intermittently.
once

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phrasal
: now and then : occasionally but not often : from time to time : at infrequent intervals : sometimes

spend most of their time at home and go out once in a while

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once (or every once) in a while
from time to time; occasionally

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once in a while
: sometimes but not often :occasionally

We spend most of our time at home and go out once in a while.

Every once in a while, we have wine with dinner.

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Main Entry:once
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once in a while — see once, 1
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Main Entry:while

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