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Phrase: by times

Posted by Richard A . Dominico on November 22, 2000

I would love to know if the phrase "by times" is acceptable English usage. I have been using the phrase and someone called me on it. In trying to validate my use of this phrase I can find no source for it, not in Fowler, nor in any of the dictionaries I have tried. I do not have access to the OED. Is my use of the phrase simply inappropriate usage? Obviously, I know that "at times" is more common.