Word of the Day Archive
Saturday August 13, 2011
All at once; altogether.
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
Holus-bolus comes from a mock-Latin rhyming compound based on the phrase "whole bolus."