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holus-bolus

[ hoh-luhs-boh-luhs ]
/ ˈhoʊ ləsˈboʊ ləs /
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adverb
all at once; altogether.
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Origin of holus-bolus

First recorded in 1840–50; mock-Latin rhyming compound based on the phrase whole bolus, or possibly a Latinization of Greek hólos bôlos “whole lump, clod of earth, nugget”; see origin at whole, bolus
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British Dictionary definitions for holus-bolus

holus-bolus
/ (ˈhəʊləsˈbəʊləs) /

adverb
informal all at once

Word Origin for holus-bolus

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