then and there


: on the spot : immediately
wanted the money right then and there

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Rhaenys has the opportunity to burn Alicent and her family alive at Aegon II’s coronation and end the war then and there—sparing thousands of lives in the process. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 20 Oct. 2022 Aragonés decided then and there not to return to Mexico. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2022 Faced with the logistics and costs of shipping the plane back to their home base in California, the Martins offered the machine then and there to the highest bidder. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2022 Ernest Fleischmann, the former head of the L.A. Phil, saw it and decided then and there that Sellars would one day have a role with the orchestra. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2022 Right then and there were the red flags that this guy has serious problems. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 6 Sep. 2022 Right then and there were the red flags that this guy has serious problems. Annie Lane, cleveland, 6 Sep. 2022 There was no cure back then and there still is no cure today. Andrea Kane, CNN, 20 Aug. 2022 The season was on the line for the Sun entering Game 3, as the Aces were up 2-0 and had the chance to win the title right then and there. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of then and there was in the 15th century

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“Then and there.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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