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 for now and again
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Now \Now\ (nou), adv. [OE. nou, nu, AS. n[=u], nu; akin to D.,
     OS., & OHG. nu, G. nu, nun, Icel., n[=u], Dan., Sw., & Goth.
     nu, L. nunc, Gr. ny`, ny^n, Skr. nu, n[=u]. [root]193. Cf.
     New.]
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     1. At the present time; at this moment; at the time of
        speaking; instantly; as, I will write now.
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              I have a patient now living, at an advanced age, who
              discharged blood from his lungs thirty years ago.
                                                    --Arbuthnot.
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     2. Very lately; not long ago.
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              They that but now, for honor and for plate,
              Made the sea blush with blood, resign their hate.
                                                    --Waller.
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     3. At a time contemporaneous with something spoken of or
        contemplated; at a particular time referred to.
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              The ship was now in the midst of the sea. --Matt.
                                                    xiv. 24.
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     4. In present circumstances; things being as they are; --
        hence, used as a connective particle, to introduce an
        inference or an explanation.
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              How shall any man distinguish now betwixt a parasite
              and a man of honor?                   --L'Estrange.
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              Why should he live, now nature bankrupt is? --Shak.
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              Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but
              Barabbas. Now, Barabbas was a robber. --John xviii.
                                                    40.
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              The other great and undoing mischief which befalls
              men is, by their being misrepresented. Now, by
              calling evil good, a man is misrepresented to others
              in the way of slander.                --South.
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     Now and again, now and then; occasionally.
  
     Now and now, again and again; repeatedly. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  
     Now and then, at one time and another; indefinitely;
        occasionally; not often; at intervals. "A mead here, there
        a heath, and now and then a wood." --Drayton.
  
     Now now, at this very instant; precisely now. [Obs.] "Why,
        even now now, at holding up of this finger, and before the
        turning down of this." --J. Webster (1607).
  
     Now . . . now, alternately; at one time . . . at another
        time. "Now high, now low, now master up, now miss."
        --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Again \A*gain"\ (?; 277), adv. [OE. agein, agayn, AS. ongegn,
     onge['a]n, against, again; on + ge['a]n, akin to Ger. gegewn
     against, Icel. gegn. Cf. Gainsay.]
     1. In return, back; as, bring us word again.
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     2. Another time; once more; anew.
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              If a man die, shall he live again?    --Job xiv. 14.
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     3. Once repeated; -- of quantity; as, as large again, half as
        much again.
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     4. In any other place. [Archaic] --Bacon.
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     5. On the other hand. "The one is my sovereign . . . the
        other again is my kinsman." --Shak.
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     6. Moreover; besides; further.
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              Again, it is of great consequence to avoid, etc.
                                                    --Herschel.
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     Again and again, more than once; often; repeatedly.
  
     Now and again, now and then; occasionally.
  
     To and again, to and fro. [Obs.] --De Foe.
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     Note: Again was formerly used in many verbal combinations,
           as, again-witness, to witness against; again-ride, to
           ride against; again-come, to come against, to
           encounter; again-bring, to bring back, etc.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  now and again
      adv 1: now and then or here and there; "he was arrogant and
             occasionally callous"; "open areas are only occasionally
             interrupted by clumps of trees"; "they visit New York on
             occasion"; "now and again she would take her favorite
             book from the shelf and read to us"; "as we drove along,
             the beautiful scenery now and then attracted his
             attention" [syn: occasionally, on occasion, once in
             a while, now and then, now and again, at times,
             from time to time]

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