every so often

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a. Constituting each and all members of a group without exception.
b. Being all possible: had every chance of winning, but lost.
2. Being each of a specified succession of objects or intervals: every third seat; every two hours.
3. Being the highest degree or expression of: showed us every attention; had every hope of succeeding.
every bit Informal
In all ways; equally: He is every bit as mean as she is.
every now and then/again
From time to time; occasionally.
every once in a while
From time to time; occasionally.
every other
Each alternate: She went to visit her aunt every other week.
every so often
At intervals; occasionally.
every which way Informal
1. In every direction.
2. In complete disorder.

[Middle English everi, everich, from Old English ǣfre ǣlc : ǣfre, ever; see aiw- in Indo-European roots + ǣlc, each; see līk- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: Every is representative of a group of English words and expressions that are singular in form but felt to be plural in sense. The class includes noun phrases introduced by every, any, and certain uses of some. These expressions invariably take a singular verb; we say Every car has (not have) been tested, Anyone is (not are) liable to fall ill, and Some pizza is left over from the party. But when a sentence contains a pronoun that refers to a previous noun phrase introduced by every, grammar and sense pull in different directions. The grammar of these expressions requires a singular pronoun, as in Every car must have its brakes tested, but the meaning often leads people to use the plural pronoun, as in Every car must have their brakes tested. The use of plural pronouns in such cases is common in speech, but it is still widely regarded as incorrect in writing. · The effort to adhere to the grammatical rule causes complications, however. The first is grammatical. When a pronoun refers to a phrase containing every or any that falls within a different independent clause, the pronoun cannot be singular. Thus it is not idiomatic to say Every man left; he took his raincoat with him. Nor is it grammatical to say No one could be seen, could he? If the plural forms seem wrong in these examples (Every man took their raincoat with them), one way around the problem is to rephrase the sentence so as to get the pronoun into the same clause (as in Every man left, taking his raincoat with him). Another is to substitute another word for every or any, usually by casting the entire sentence as plural, as in All the men left; they took their raincoats with them. · The second complication involves the issue of gender. When a phrase introduced by every or any refers to a group containing both men and women, what should the gender of the singular pronoun be? This matter is discussed in the Usage Notes at he and they. See Usage Notes at all, each, either, he1, neither, none, they.
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Adv.1.every so often - occasionally; "every so often she visits her father"
أحْيانا، من حينٍ إلى آخَر
med jævne mellemrum
annaî veifiî


(ˈofn) adverb
many times. I often go to the theatre; I should see him more often.
every so often
sometimes; occasionally. I meet him at the club every so often.
References in classic literature ?
Alphonso gets these bad streaks just about every so often.
The term ``untimely injury'' gets tossed around every so often, but you never hear the phrase ``timely injury.
Even the swimming pool we had built, which I thought we'd be in every day, only gets used once every so often.
We meet every so often to keep in touch and he used to come.
The History of Swimming is gay literature on par with Denton Welch and James McCourt, with every so often a touch of the great Joe Brainard.
If we take a U-turn to those old days when I was at school, we had a doctor and nurse who came every so often for all the children to have a medical.
Roger Atkins (Will Lyman), whose job seems to consist of lying to gullible journalists during press conferences and giving John grief about blowing it with Frankie; and Holly Brodeen (Shoshannah Stern), who's allowed a few frames in which to flash something in sign language every so often (this is where ABC has fallen, forced to crib ideas - in this case, a deaf fed - from the Pax network).
Every so often, we have felt compelled to admit the X Games skaters, boarders and bikers are laying down some pretty insane sessions.
Kieth Field, a spokesman for the Chatsworth company, said that, every so often, a situation will arise when alternative power sources receive attention.
Her friend's comment was telling, "After awhile, you don't really see what your children look like, but every so often it's like returning to your home after a very long vacation, and you can see it again for the very first time.
She was chubby and, every so often, giggled when she was asked questions.