here and now

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here + and + now

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here and now (not comparable)

  1. At this time and in this place.

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here and now (plural not attested)

  1. The present situation.
    • 1920, Paul Klee, (Please provide the book title or journal name), from an exhibition catalogue:
      I cannot be grasped in the here and now. For I reside just as much with the dead as with the unborn. Somewhat closer to the heart of creation than usual. But not nearly close enough.
    • 2020 December 16, Nigel Harris interviews Mark Thurston, “HS2 is still the right thing to do...”, in Rail, page 41:
      Cutting line capacity by 4tph (around 30 trains a day) would slash revenues (seats). HS2 would be hobbled. But politicians like the idea of cutting costs in the here and now.
  2. The current state of one's own life.

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