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Part of speech: adverb

Origin: Unknown, mid-19th century


All at once.

Examples of Holus-Bolus in a sentence

"Everything was happening holus-bolus, and I felt dizzy with confusion."

"After a lull in my business, I have all sorts of great opportunities holus-bolus."

About Holus-Bolus

"Holus-bolus" possibly originated as a pseudo-Latin rhyme based on the phrase "whole bolus" ("all at once"), but might also come from the Greek phrase "hólos bôlos" ("clump of earth").

Did you Know?

When it seems like everything is happening holus-bolus (all at once), it might seem foolhardy to procrastinate. However, sometimes taking a step back from an overwhelming situation is exactly what you need to figure out a better approach.

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