on-again, off-again


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(ŏn′ə-gĕn′ ôf′ə-gĕn′, ŏf-, ôn′-)
adj. Informal
Existing or continuing sporadically; intermittent or occasional: an on-again, off-again correspondence.
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Informal. Happening or appearing now and then:
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The coach, a married man whose identity has been withheld, denied the sexual assault allegations and said instead he was romantically involved with Shin and had an on-again, off-again relationship with her.
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1 / 3 Hadid was spotted on Monday with her on-again, off-again beau Zayn Malik in New York.
They had an on-again, off-again relationship for roughly four decades, and the motive is a persistent stand-off over the arrangement of shared property.
Trump says after an Oval Office meeting Friday with North Korea's Kim Yong Chol that he'd be making a mistake not to go forward with the on-again, off-again nuclear summit in Singapore.
This is a rejoinder to your well-written editorial, 'Ferry tale' (4/8/18), regarding the reopening of another ferry service in the Pasig River, which as the editorial correctly said, is an 'on-again, off-again' project.
Macy has on-again, off-again relationships with them both during her junior year, making her a traitor in classmates' eyes.
Jenner has been dating rapper Travis Scott since earlier this year after splitting from her on-again, off-again boyfriend Tyga in April.
The nationalisation was another zigzag in Russia's on-again, off-again embrace of private property in the post-Soviet period.