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here and there (not comparable)

  1. In, at or to various places; in one place and another.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate [], New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, [], OCLC 16832619:
      Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language [] his clerks [] understood him very well. If he had written a love letter, or a farce, or a ballade, or a story, no one, either clerks, or friends, or compositors, would have understood anything but a word here and a word there.
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
      They thanked him and bade him good-bye, and turned toward the West, walking over fields of soft grass dotted here and there with daisies and buttercups.
    • 1912: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 6
      Here and there the brilliant rays penetrated to earth, but for the most part they only served to accentuate the Stygian blackness of the jungle's depths.
  2. (uncommon) From time to time; intermittently, occasionally.
    • 2009, John Bogard, The Message from the Cosmos, page 63:
      Before we study his ideas, it is useful to note here again that extraterrestrial powers intervened here and there in his life, as early as his birth, then his baptism [] .
    • 2011, R. E. Donald, chapter 23, in Slow Curve on the Coquihalla:
      Yep. Since nineteen sixty, or thereabouts. Missed a few years, here and there.

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