in stages


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Adv.1.in stages - a little bit at a time; "the research structure has developed piecemeal"
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If misery and madness abound in stage life, so also does an indomitable cheerfulness, always at least a cheerful countenance.
That intimate friend of Dryden, Tillatson, Pope, who executed a copy of the actor's portrait by Kneller which is still extant, was worthy of their friendship; his career brings out the best elements in stage life.
Each day the train disgorged passengers for the Geysers, and Billy, as if accustomed to it all his life, took the reins of six horses and drove a full load over the mountains in stage time.