at a sitting

At one time, during one period. For example, The cruise ship could feed about 500 passengers at a sitting, or We read the entire poem at a sitting. Since the word sitting implies just that posture, the term means “during a period when one is seated and engaged in a single continuous activity.”


Nearby words

  1. at,
  2. at a discount,
  3. at a loss,
  4. at a low ebb,
  5. at a premium,
  6. at a stretch,
  7. at a time,
  8. at a word,
  9. at about,
  10. at all

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.