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intermittent
used in 1984 by Orwell

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Definition
stopping and starting — especially at irregular intervals
  • Winston knew they were there but he saw them only intermittently.
    p. 115.4
  • As they drifted down the crowded pavements, not quite abreast and never looking at one another, they carried on a curious, intermittent conversation which flicked on and off like the beams of a lighthouse, suddenly nipped into silence by the approach of a Party uniform or the proximity of a telescreen, then taken up again minutes later in the middle of a sentence, then abruptly cut short as they parted at the agreed spot, then continued almost without introduction on the following day.
    p. 128.4
  • He remembered better the rackety, uneasy circumstances of the time: the periodical panics about air-raids and the sheltering in Tube stations, the piles of rubble everywhere, the unintelligible proclamations posted at street corners, the gangs of youths in shirts all the same color, the enormous queues outside the bakeries, the intermittent machine-gun fire in the distance — above all, the fact that there was never enough to eat.
    p. 161.0
  • The aim of the Low, when they have an aim — for it is an abiding characteristic of the Low that they are too much crushed by drudgery to be more than intermittently conscious of anything outside their daily lives — is to abolish all distinctions and create a society in which all men shall be equal.
    p. 201.9
  • The slightly more favored workers whom we call 'the proles' are only intermittently conscious of the war.
    p. 215.9
  • Winston could not intermittently remember why the pain was happening.
    p. 251.7
  • He began to grow actually proud of his body, and to cherish an intermittent belief that his face also was growing back to normal.
    p. 276.4
  • Winston whined and grizzled, made futile demands for food, fretted about the room pulling everything out of place and kicking the wainscoting until the neighbors banged on the wall, while the younger child wailed intermittently.
    p. 295.9

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