holus-bolus

adverb
ho·​lus-bo·​lus | \ ˌhō-ləs-ˈbō-ləs How to pronounce holus-bolus (audio) \

Definition of holus-bolus

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

First Known Use of holus-bolus

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for holus-bolus

probably reduplication of bolus

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“Holus-bolus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holus-bolus. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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