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  • as inpiecemeal
  • as inirregularly

synonyms for by fits and starts

  • gradual
  • at intervals
  • fragmentary
  • intermittent
  • interrupted
  • little-by-little
  • partial
  • patchy
  • spotty
  • step-by-step
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How to use by fits and starts in a sentence

With the dispersal of the spores the cone shrivels up, and then the stems starts to send out green branches.
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All along the highways and by-paths of our literature we encounter much that pertains to this "queen of plants."
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She also practises etching, pen-and-ink drawing, as well as crayon and water-color sketching.
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John was baptizing at a large pool called Ænon-by-Saleim,—probably allegorical, meaning “Fountain of Repose.”
SOLOMON AND SOLOMONIC LITERATUREMONCURE DANIEL CONWAY
The sewing-machine made a resounding clatter in the room; it was of a ponderous, by-gone make.
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No law of that country must exceed in words the number of letters in their alphabet, which consists only in two-and-twenty.
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Mr. Spurrell came down to see a horse, and we shall be very glad to have the benefit of his opinion by-and-by.
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They were eaten too quickly, in long gulps of four-and-twenty hours at a time.
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Mr. Slocum was not educated in a university, and his life has been in by-paths, and out-of-the-way places.
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The merest acquaintance would have said something more emphatic than "I will, thank you; good-by," to such a request.
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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