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every now and then

時時,偶爾,間或

Ev·er·y a. & a. pron.

1. All the parts which compose a whole collection or aggregate number, considered in their individuality, all taken separately one by one, out of an indefinite number.

*Every man at his best state is altogether vanity.* --*Ps. xxxix. 5.*

*Every door and window was adorned with wreaths of flowers.* --*Macaulay.*

2. Every one. Cf. Each. [Obs.] *“*__Every__ of your wishes.”

*Daily occasions given to every of us.* --*Hooker.*

**Every each**, every one. [Obs.] *“*__Every each__ of them hath some vices.” --*Burton..*

**Every now and then**, at short intervals; occasionally; repeatedly; frequently. [Colloq.]

Note: ☞ __Every__ may, by way of emphasis, precede the article __the__ with a superlative adjective; as, every, __the least__ variation.

Syn: -- Every, Each, Any.

Usage: __Any__ denotes one, or some, taken indifferently from the individuals which compose a class. __Every__ differs from __each__ in giving less prominence to the selection of the individual. __Each__ relates to two or more individuals of a class. It refers definitely to __every__ one of them, denoting that they are considered separately, one by one, all being included; as, __each__ soldier was receiving a dollar per day. __Every__ relates to more than two and brings into greater prominence the notion that not one of all considered is excepted; as, __every__ soldier was on service, except the cavalry, that is, all the soldiers, etc.

*In each division there were four pentecosties, in every pentecosty four enomoties, and of each enomoty there fought in the front rank four [soldiers].* --*Jowett (Thucyd. ).*

*If society is to be kept together and the children of Adam to be saved from setting up each for himself with every one else his foe.* --*J. H. Newman.*

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every now and then

adv : occasionally; "every so often she visits her father" [syn: every

so often]