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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Definitions for holus-bolus

  1. all at once; altogether.

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Citations for holus-bolus
I'll take it on my shoulders, holus bolus, blame and shame, my boy; but stay here, I cannot let you. Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, 1883
Such men abandon academically sound courses and admissions standards at the drop of a student sensitivity, sometimes propose that running the university be turned over holus-bolus to students--and, on the whole, probably do more to alienate the young from adult values than professors who ignore students entirely. , "Campus reform: the faculty role," Life, May 23, 1969
Origin of holus-bolus
Holus-bolus, like the much earlier hocus-pocus, is a mock-Latin phrase meaning “whole lump, whole bolus (a round mass of medicine).” An etymology of sorts has holus-bolus as a Latinization of Greek hólos bôlos “whole lump, clod of earth, nugget.” The term entered English in the 19th century.
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