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holus-bolus

[hoh-luh s-boh-luh s] /ˈhoʊ ləsˈboʊ ləs/
adverb
1.
all at once; altogether.
Origin of holus-bolus
1840-1850
1840-50; mock-Latin rhyming compound based on phrase whole bolus. See whole, bolus
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  • They had just killed the animal, and were roasting it whole, holus-bolus, unskinned and undressed.

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
  • holus-bolus, 'sicut examen apum,' ye decamp at the word of a single foe!

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
  • There was a first-class carr'ge door opin right forninst me, an' into that the gyard crams me holus-bolus.

    Martin Hewitt, Investigator Arthur Morrison
British Dictionary definitions for holus-bolus

holus-bolus

/ˈhəʊləsˈbəʊləs/
adverb
1.
(informal) all at once
Word Origin
C19: pseudo-Latin based on whole bolus; see bolus
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