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I was wondering what every other time means. For example:

I know it's being fixed, but rebooting every other time you do something gets old.

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From the New Oxford American Dictionary:

every other: each second in a series; each alternate: I train with weights every other day

In this case, it is most probably used figuratively, and means “rebooting very often”.

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Every second time - So you can do something once, then the second time you need to reboot

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/every_other :

  1. All except for some previously mentioned set.
    Two of the bolts were loose, but every other bolt I checked was fine.
  2. Every second; each alternate; the second of each pair in turn (perhaps used because every second could also refer to second as a unit of time or be interpreted as meaning only the second).
    Every other person in the line wore a pink bowtie.

The second meaning is the one relevant here.

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I've added a line at the end just to clarify; feel free to revert. –  ShreevatsaR Feb 15 '11 at 11:51
    
There's very, very old joke about the nymphomaniac who spent a few frantic months in European assiduously chasing noblemen and managed to make every second count. –  Malvolio Jul 6 '11 at 21:13

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