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Saturday, August 13, 2011

holus-bolus

\HOH-luhs-BOH-luhs\ , adverb;
1.
All at once; altogether.
Quotes:
He advised her to make plans and stick to them, rather than letting things happen holus bolus.
-- Carol Windley, Home Schooling: Stories
About midnight it crashed over the edge, holus bolus, into the sea a couple of hundred feet below.
-- Vernon Knowles, The Street of Queer Houses and Other Tales
Origin:
Holus-bolus comes from a mock-Latin rhyming compound based on the phrase "whole bolus."
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