holus-bolus

adverb ho·lus-bo·lus \ ˌhō-ləs-ˈbō-ləs \

Definition of holus-bolus

:all at once
  • she … put it back, holus-bolus, in her pocket
  • —Wilkie Collins

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Origin and Etymology of holus-bolus

probably reduplication of bolus


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to suppress quietly or indirectly

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