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.
"They don't believe [the program] is true." >Family Unity: Illegal immigration typically occurs in stages. Husband or wife arrives first, finds a job and home.