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ONC

abbreviation (in Britain, formerly)
1.
Ordinary National Certificate
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  • It'll be full all I kin manage to onc't—that and the pianner.

    Elder Conklin Frank Harris
  • Then my brother was onc't drowned in the North Platt, and I never had any sisters.

    Cressy Bret Harte
  • Dat is where mon onc' 'Lias he bring in de King's ship and de privator.

  • "Hit wa'n' onc't en it wa'n' twice," said Sampson thoughtfully.

    The Voice of the People Ellen Glasgow
  • Say, then, wherever dere is troub' mon onc' 'Lias he is there, he stan' outside de troub' an' look on—dat is his hobby.

  • Suppose two peoples goes to fight, ah bah, somebody must pick up de pieces—dat is mon onc' 'Lias!

  • Dat is de greates' man, mon onc' 'Lias—respe d'la compagnie!

  • onc't they wuz tadpoles about as big as lickerish drops, an' after while legs growed on 'em.

    The Old Soldiers Story James Whitcomb Riley
  • onc't they wuz a rich lady swallered one—when he wuz little, you know; an' he growed up in her, an' it didn't kill him ut all.

    The Old Soldiers Story James Whitcomb Riley
  • onc't a pore boy wuz red-hedded, an' got mad at the other boys when they'd throw it up to him.

    The Old Soldiers Story James Whitcomb Riley

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