[ hoh-luh s-boh-luh s ]
/ ˈhoʊ ləsˈboʊ ləs /


all at once; altogether.

Origin of holus-bolus

1840–50; mock-Latin rhyming compound based on phrase whole bolus. See whole, bolus
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Examples from the Web for holus-bolus

  • Holus-bolus, 'sicut examen apum,' ye decamp at the word of a single foe!

    The Day of Wrath|Maurus Jkai
  • There was a first-class carr'ge door opin right forninst me, an' into that the gyard crams me holus-bolus.

  • They had just killed the animal, and were roasting it whole, holus-bolus, unskinned and undressed.

    Spinifex and Sand|David W Carnegie

British Dictionary definitions for holus-bolus

/ (ˈhəʊləsˈbəʊləs) /


informal all at once

Word Origin for holus-bolus

C19: pseudo-Latin based on whole bolus; see bolus
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