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- (idiomatic) As a departure from the usual.
- 1889, Jerome K. Jerome, chapter 9, in Three Men in a Boat […] :
- He had had a hard time in the City, so he explained. Harris, who is callous in his nature, and not prone to pity, said:
- "Ah! and now you are going to have a hard time on the river for a change; change is good for everyone. Out you get!"
- Then join in the grand Industrial band;
- If, for a change, you would have eggs and ham,
- Then come! Do your share, like a man.
- 1931, Robert E. Howard, The TNT Punch (alternate titles: The Waterfront Law, and The Waterfront Wallop),
- "... But I ain't all softness and mush--feel this here for a change!"
- And I closed the Kid's eye with a smashing left hander.
- 1993 February 17, Bill Clinton, speech, First State of the Union Address,
- I'd like to use that Superfund to clean up pollution for a change and not just pay lawyers.
- (as a departure from the usual): for once
as a departure from the usual