by\ fits\ and\ jerks

• by fits and starts
• by fits and jerks
adv. phr.
With many stops and starts, a little now and a little more later; not all the time; irregularly.

He had worked on the invention by fits and starts for several years.

You will never get anywhere if you study just by fits and starts.

Compare: from time to time, off and on

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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