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in/by fits and starts

If something happens in fits and starts, it often stops and then starts again: Replies to the advertisement are arriving in fits and starts.
Translations of “in/by fits and starts”
in Chinese (Traditional) 間歇地, 一陣一陣地…
in Chinese (Simplified) 间歇地, 一阵一阵地…
(Definition of in/by fits and starts from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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