for the nonce

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

for the nonce

  1. (idiomatic) For the time being, with the expectation that the situation may change.
    That will do for the nonce, but we'll need a better answer for the long term.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode 16
      For the nonce he was rather nonplussed but inasmuch as the duty plainly devolved upon him to take some measures on the subject he pondered suitable ways and means during which Stephen repeatedly yawned.