then and there


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

Examples of then and there in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Book Penelope finally conjures up some backbone and tells him off right then and there. Kari Sonde, TIME, 16 May 2024 Ross said his team either helps families then and there, or one of his members follows up within a couple days. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Apr. 2024 There was so much violence even then and there were gangs who were controlling parts of the capital. CBS News, 17 Mar. 2024 And after Michael McCarron scored midway through the third period to give Nashville a 5-2 lead, some Sharks players probably wanted the game — and the trip – to end right then and there. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024 Trump, meanwhile, is arguing that a big win in Iowa should end the contest then and there − but that likely won't happen. David Jackson, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2024 The bull stopped beneath him, reared itself up, and gored him then and there. Toby Muse, Rolling Stone, 3 Mar. 2024 Shepherd welcomed guest Terry Crews to the show on Wednesday's episode, with the former NFL player teaching the ex-View cohost some of his best tackling techniques — and Shepherd put them to good use, right then and there. Joey Nolfi,, 31 May 2023 And so, my mom and sister purchased the same one right then and there on our family ski trip. Michelle Parente, Travel + Leisure, 10 Feb. 2024

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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 13 Jun. 2024.

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