holus–bolus

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

Definition of holus–bolus

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

Origin and Etymology of holus–bolus

probably reduplication of bolus


First Known Use: 1857

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