What does once in a while mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. occasionally, on occasion, once in a while, now and then, now and again, at times, from time to time(adverb)

    now and then or here and there

    "he was arrogant and occasionally callous"; "open areas are only occasionally interrupted by clumps of trees"; "they visit New York on occasion"; "now and again she would take her favorite book from the shelf and read to us"; "as we drove along, the beautiful scenery now and then attracted his attention"


  1. once in a while(Adverb)

    Occasionally; sometimes.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of once in a while in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of once in a while in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jenny Craig:

    It's not what you do once in a while, it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.

  2. Joe Ocrant:

    Every once in a while we'd slip a trading card in a guys pocket that said, 'Change your jacket, you smell,'.

  3. Kim Hubbard:

    Don't knock the weather nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.

  4. Kenny Summ:

    There is issues every once in a while but everybody usually keeps to themselves. It’s pretty quiet most of the time.

  5. Pearl Bailey:

    There are two kinds of talents, man-made talent and God-given talent. With man-made talent you have to work very hard. With God-given talent, you just touch it up once in a while.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • indimellem, en gang imellemDanish
  • κατά διαστήματα, κάθε τόσο, κάπου-κάπουGreek
  • de vez en cuandoSpanish
  • ajoittain, silloin tällöinFinnish
  • de temps en tempsFrench
  • एक समय में एक बारHindi
  • di tanto in tantoItalian
  • порой, время от времени, иногдаRussian

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