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Starting and stopping often - synonyms or related words

stop-start

adjective

continuously starting, stopping, and starting again

fitful

adjective

starting and stopping often

uneven

adjective

not happening or appearing in a regular pattern

on-off

adjective

British happening, stopping, and then happening again, several times

by/in fits and starts

stopping and starting again many times, rather than progressing steadily

bursty

adjective

informal happening in short sudden periods

discontinuous

adjective

formal not continuing without stopping or being interrupted

unevenly

adverb

fitfully

adverb

Open Dictionary

freshet

a rise in the level of a stream or river

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