at a time

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

at a time

  1. In a single, continuous period of time.
    He manages to abstain from smoking for weeks at a time, but then gives in and starts again.
  2. Simultaneously at each occurrence (of some action).
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
      The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track. [] Their example was followed by others at a time when the master of Mohair was superintending in person the docking of some two-year-olds, and equally invisible.
    climb stairs two at a time



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