again and again

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1. Once more; anew: Try again.
2. To a previous place, position, or state: left home but went back again.
3. Furthermore; moreover: Again, we need to collect more data.
4. On the other hand: She might go, and again she might not.
5. In return; in response: paid him again.
again and again
Repeatedly; frequently.

[Middle English (influenced by Old Norse i gegn, again), from Old English ongeagn, against.]
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Adv.1.again and again - repeatedly; "the unknown word turned up over and over again in the text"
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Again and again they fell; but be it to their credit that the one always waited and helped the other and that into the mind of neither entered the thought or the temptation to desert his companion--they would reach the fort together if both survived, or neither would reach it.
There's little doubt Mansour is guilty, but the inhuman torture of postponing his day of decision again and again and again has the effect of upstaging his terrible act.
Again and again, he is portrayed "as a weak, aging, decrepit, monarch whose subjects impatiently await his demise" (82).