for a change

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

for a change

  1. (idiomatic) As a departure from the usual.
    • 1889, Jerome K. Jerome, chapter 9, in Three Men in a Boat [] [1]:
      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!"
    • 1913, Joe Hill, There Is Power in a Union:
      If you've had "nuff" of "the blood of the lamb,"
      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.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence:
      "I've supported her for seventeen years. Why shouldn't she support herself for a change?"
    • 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