- again and again,
- against all odds,
- against one's better judgment,
- against one's will
Origin of again
Examples from the Web for again
Meanwhile, almost exactly 30 years after the trial, the judge left his home to board a steamboat and was never heard from again.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Again, the difference can seem subtle and sound more like splitting hairs, but the difference is important.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Then they came up against a police patrol on mountain bicycles, which again led to more shooting, without injuries.
At a press conference today with Scalise, Speaker Boehner again defended him.
It went into remission, but it would resurface in 2011; and Scott was able to beat it once again.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott|Stereo Williams|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Somehow he had expected to find her there, and he watched her again, as he had done through Pre Antoine's vines.Bayou Folk|Kate Chopin
"I shall never see you again," Margaret answered, strangely.East Angels|Constance Fenimore Woolson
On the 19th the pioneer boat, running some distance ahead of the others, was again upset by a wave.The Romance of the Colorado River|Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
Good-night, Lady Peters; do not interrupt me again, if you please.Wife in Name Only|Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
If it becomes too stiff add a few drops of water, and stir it again.The Century Cook Book|Mary Ronald
Word Origin for again
late Old English agan, from earlier ongean "toward, opposite, against, in exchange for," from on "on" (see on) + -gegn "against, toward," compounded for a sense of "lined up facing, opposite," and "in the opposite direction, returning." For -gegn, cf. Old Norse gegn "straight, direct;" Danish igen "against;" Old Frisian jen, Old High German gegin, German gegen "against, toward," entgegen "against, in opposition to."
In Old English, eft was the main word for "again" (see eftsoons), but this often was strengthened by ongean, which became the principal word by 13c. Norse influence is responsible for the hard -g-. Differentiated from against 16c. in southern writers, again becoming an adverb only, and against taking over as preposition and conjunction, but again clung to all senses in northern and Scottish dialect (where against was not adopted).
In addition to the idiom beginning with again
- again and again
- come again
- do something over again
- ever and again
- every now and again
- here someone goes again
- now and again
- off and on (off again, on again)
- over again
- something else again
- time and time again
- you can say that again