- onassis, aristotle socrates,
- onassis, jacqueline kennedy,
- once and for all,
- once bitten, twice shy,
- once in a blue moon,
- once in a lifetime,
- once in a while
- simultaneously: The children were running, screaming, and throwing things all at once.
- suddenly: All at once the rain came down.
- at the same time; simultaneously: Don't all speak at once.
- immediately; promptly: Tell him to come at once!
Origin of once
Examples from the Web for once
Once discovered, this maneuver did not endear the councilors to their constituents.
My doctor insisted that once I filed this piece I lie down on my bed and not get out.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Every once in a while, they act swiftly and acknowledge the problem.
Once I began reading, I realized A Gronking to Remember was a masturbatory tribute to the New England Patriots.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Where the U.S. once depended on its own forces to determine who was military material, this time the Iraqis will decide.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’|Nancy A. Youssef|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I see it at once, I replied, but that heavy charge must fall on some other body.Harmonies of Political Economy|Frdric Bastiat
Strangers who come at this time of day at once enter the family circle.Historic Highways of America (Vol. 12)|Archer Butler Hulbert
Eleanor Gray—the world is small, the life of it persistent; generations repeat themselves, and each is young but once.The Militants|Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
When he got up he did not mount at once, but stood and looked round him for a while.The Red Romance Book|Various
Deucalion and Pyrrha saw the bright waste of water sink and grow dim and the hills emerge, and the earth show green once more.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew|Josephine Preston Peabody
- suddenly or without warning
Word Origin for once
c.1200, anes, from ane "one" (see one ) + adverbial genitive. Replaced Old English æne. Spelling changed as pronunciation shifted from two syllables to one after c.1300. Pronunciation change to "wuns" parallels that of one. As an emphatic, meaning "once and for all," it is attested from c.1300, but this now is regarded as a Pennsylvania German dialect formation. Meaning "in a past time" (but not necessarily just one time) is from mid-13c.
Once upon a time as the beginning of a story is recorded from 1590s. At once originally (early 13c.) meant "simultaneously," later "in one company" (c.1300), and preserved the sense of "one" in the word; the phrase typically appeared as one word, atones; the modern meaning "immediately" is attested from 1530s.
In addition to the idioms beginning with once
- once and for all
- once bitten, twice shy
- once in a blue moon
- once in a lifetime
- once in a while
- once over lightly
- once upon a time
- all at once
- at once
- every now and then (once in a while)
- give someone the once-over