Definition of once (or every once) in a while in English:

once (or every once) in a while

phrase

  • From time to time; occasionally.

    • ‘He introduced himself to me and asked if I'd like him to visit once in a while on his rounds.’
    • ‘But they do have a cute blog which you should check out every once in a while.’
    • ‘Does she want her husband to say thank you once in a while, or help her out or just not go fishing at all?’
    • ‘He'd come back to the house every once in a while, blind drunk, making everyone's life a misery.’
    • ‘Every once in a while, friends and friends-of-friends come to live with us.’
    • ‘Every once in a while, it's a good idea to turn away from world events and take a look at the issues on one's doorstep.’
    • ‘Just once in a while, I stumble on a little piece of evidence that proves the world is as mad as I'm starting to think it is.’
    • ‘If, once in a while, we all take responsibility for our own doings maybe then we can all get on with a better life.’
    • ‘I dip into my comments section and reply every once in a while, mostly to show people that I read them.’
    • ‘Every once in a while, a science fiction film comes along that really shakes things up.’
    occasionally, from time to time, now and again, now and then, every now and again, every now and then, every so often, every once in a while, on occasion, on occasions, on the odd occasion, at times, sometimes, off and on, at intervals, periodically, sporadically, spasmodically, erratically, irregularly, intermittently, by fits and starts, in fits and starts, fitfully, discontinuously, piecemeal
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