by fits and starts


by fits and starts
irregularly, with many stops and starts

By fits and starts the company was finally able to begin business.

in sudden outbursts of energy, not lasting for a long time

Youth only recognizes age by fits and starts. (J. Galsworthy)

She told him what it was all about in wry, broken sentences, muddling it up and speaking in fits and starts, but he got the main thread.


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  • fits and starts — noun repeated bursts of activity they worked in fits and starts • Hypernyms: ↑burst, ↑fit * * * fits and starts Spasmodic and irregular bursts of activity • • • Main Entry: ↑fit …   Useful english dictionary

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  • fits and starts — Synonyms and related words: ague, arrhythmia, brokenness, bumpiness, capriciousness, chattering, choppiness, chorea, cold shivers, desultoriness, disconnectedness, discontinuity, eccentricity, erraticness, fibrillation, fitfulness, fluctuation,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • by fits and starts — adverb intermittently he worked on his book by fits and starts * * * adverb see by fits * * * by/in/fits and starts phrase stopping and starting again many times, rather than progressing steadily Efforts …   Useful english dictionary

  • in fits and starts — by/in/fits and starts phrase stopping and starting again many times, rather than progressing steadily Efforts at reform seem to come in fits and starts. Thesaurus: starting and stopping oftensynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

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