by turns meaning

  "by turns" in a sentence
1. One after another
2. At intervals

[American slang]
adv. phr. First one and then another in a regular way; one substituting for or following another according to a repeated plan. On the drive to Chicago, the three men took the wheel by turns. The teachers were on duty by turns. When John had a fever, he felt cold and hot by turns.
Synonym: IN TURN.
Compare: TAKE TURNS.


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  1. he gets cheerful and depressed by turns.
  2. we did the work by turns.
  3. he was by turns devout and obscene, merry and lachrymose.
  4. she talked to elizabeth again and again; coaxed and threatened her by turns.
  5. her suggestion is that we should do this by turns

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