Meaning of “in/by fits and starts” in the English Dictionary

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"in/by fits and starts" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “in/by fits and starts” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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