Idiom:  off and on (on and off)


Idiom:  off and on (on and off)

  • sometimes but not regularly
  • occasionally or sporadically

Example sentences

  • The electricity has been off and on for the past five hours since the storm hit.
  • My boyfriend and I were dating off and on for five years but this time it’s over and we’re never getting back together.
  • Doctor, the pain in my stomach has been on and off for two months now but it’s becoming more frequent so I’m worried.
  • It's been raining off and on for the past few days but it's supposed to be beautiful this weekend.
  • Our daughter had been eating vegetarian food off and on for a few years before finally going vegan last month.
  • Sheila's been doing temporary work for us as a receptionist off and on during the past few years she's been in college.
  • You're not going to keep the weight off if you only eat well off and on.
  • The restaurant makes mango shakes off and on during the times mangoes are in season.


  • now and then
  • (every) once in awhile
  • from time to time
  • at times
  • on occasion
  • every/ever so often

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