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 for on occasion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Occasion \Oc*ca"sion\ ([o^]k*k[=a]"zh[u^]n), n. [F. occasion, L.
     occasio, fr. occidere, occasum, to fall down; ob (see Ob-)
     + cadere to fall. See Chance, and cf. Occident.]
     1. A falling out, happening, or coming to pass; hence, that
        which falls out or happens; occurrence; incident; event.
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              The unlooked-for incidents of family history, and
              its hidden excitements, and its arduous occasions.
                                                    --I. Taylor.
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     2. A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance;
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              Sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived
              me.                                   --Rom. vii.
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              I'll take the occasion which he gives to bring
              Him to his death.                     --Waller.
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     3. An occurrence or condition of affairs which brings with it
        some unlooked-for event; that which incidentally brings to
        pass an event, without being its efficient cause or
        sufficient reason; accidental or incidental cause.
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              Her beauty was the occasion of the war. --Dryden.
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     4. Need; exigency; requirement; necessity; as, I have no
        occasion for firearms.
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              After we have served ourselves and our own
              occasions.                            --Jer. Taylor.
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              When my occasions took me into France. --Burke.
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     5. A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.
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              Whose manner was, all passengers to stay,
              And entertain with her occasions sly. --Spenser.
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     On occasion,
        (a) in case of need; in necessity; as convenience
            requires. "That we might have intelligence from him on
            occasion," --De Foe.
        (b) occasionally; from time to time; now and then.
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     Syn: Need; incident; use. See Opportunity.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  on occasion
      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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