What is another word for fits and starts?

122 synonyms found


[ fˈɪts and stˈɑːts], [ fˈɪts and stˈɑːts], [ f_ˈɪ_t_s a_n_d s_t_ˈɑː_t_s]

Fits and starts is a commonly used phrase to describe irregular, stop-and-go progress or behavior in a particular activity or situation. There are many synonyms one could use instead of fits and starts, such as sporadic, inconsistent, intermittent, or fluctuating. Each of these words conveys a sense of unpredictability and inconsistency, suggesting that progress or behavior is not consistently stable or reliable. Alternatives such as spasmodic, hiccupping, or jerky convey a similar sense of jarring interruptions or sudden stops. Whatever the specific synonym, the common thread is the implication that progress is slow or hesitant, with starts and stops along the way.

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How to use "Fits and starts" in context?

I've been thinking about this a lot, and I think it's time for me to start documenting my "fits and starts." When I first decided to start writing again, I was very excited. I was all set to start publishing new pieces as soon as possible. But then I hit a few snags. I started out with a couple of submissions that dropped due to lack of response, and then another submission that I received but never received a reply to. The whole process has been a bit frustrating and I'm not sure if it's because I'm not good enough or if the content isn't good enough.

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