English Phrase of the Day

at once



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at once
     1. adv. (obsolete) In one group; together.
     2. adv. At the same time; simultaneously.
           Can you pat your head and rub your belly at once?He tried to eat four cookies at once.
     3. adv. Immediately; now; right away.
           Tell the doctor to come at once. She is having a baby.
Analysis
at
     1. prep. In, near, or in the general vicinity of a particular place.
           Caesar was at Rome;  at the corner of Fourth Street and Vine;  at Jim’s house
     2. prep. (indicating time) (Indicating occurrence in an instant of time or a period of time relatively short in context or from the speaker's perspective.)
           at six o’clock;  at closing time;  at night.
     3. prep. In the direction of (often in an unfocused or uncaring manner).
once
     1. adv. (frequency) One and only one time.
           I have only once eaten pizza.
     2. adv. (temporal location) Formerly; during some period in the past.
           He was once the most handsome man around.  I once had a bicycle just like that one.
           Wang notes that flowers have rooted and grow in the area once covered with ice.

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Example Sentences

We'll all go in at once
Because you would have to drink ten gallons of spit from someone who's infected all at once
It's a lot of people to snuff at once
You can't get that by downing a teaspoon all at once
He is at once in awe of his commanding officer, but with the inbred arrogance of his aristocratic background. 

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