Throughout the history of Europe, from the beginnings of heraldry up to our time, national frontiers have shifted time and again, often as the result of war, but also for example through marriage or inheritance. (Volborth, Carl Alexander von., Heraldry of The World, pp177,178)

What is the grammatical relation of "time" in above sentence? Does it mean "frequently" in here?

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    It's just a shortening of the somewhat verbose "time and time again" (at one time/occasion, then another, then by implication possibly many more times). Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 13:55

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The word time in this context should be read as part of the adverbial phrase time and again, which does indeed mean frequently.

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