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[twahys] /twaɪs/
two times, as in succession:
Write twice a week.
on two occasions; in two instances:
I phoned him twice.
in twofold quantity or degree; in double the amount or degree:
twice as much.
Origin of twice
before 1150; Middle English twies, equivalent to twie twice (Old English twige, cognate with Old Frisian twīa, Old Saxon tuuīo; see twi-) + -s -s1 Unabridged
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  • He has done me once or twice, you see; and so I try to take it out of him.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • He now owned a great deal of water-front, twice as much as before.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • I thought once or twice there was something fishy—she was trying it on.

    Marriage la mode Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • In Vienna, L. 11,000 a-year is equal to twice the sum in England.

  • At these places the dog was once or twice nearly baffled again.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for twice


two times; on two occasions or in two cases: he coughed twice
double in degree or quantity: twice as long
Word Origin
Old English twiwa; related to Old Norse tvisvar, Middle Low German twiges
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Word Origin and History for twice

late Old English twiga, twigea "two times" (cognate with Old Frisian twia, Old Saxon tuuio) + adverbial genitive ending -es.

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