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on-again, off-again

[on-uh-gen awf-uh-gen, of-, awn-] /ˈɒn əˌgɛn ˈɔf əˌgɛn, ˈɒf-, ˈɔn-/
noun
1.
being in force or inoperative by turns, especially spasmodically and unpredictably:
an on-again, off-again romance.
Also, on-again-off-again.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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