all at once
all at once
1. Lit. all at the same time. •

The entire group spoke all at once.

2. Fig. suddenly. •

All at once the little girl fell out of her chair.

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{adv. phr.} 1. At the same time; together. * /The teacher told the children to talk one at a time; if they all talked at one time, she could not understand them./ * /Bill can play the piano, sing, and lead his orchestra all at once./ 2. or[all of a sudden] Without warning; abruptly; suddenly; unexpectedly. * /All at once we heard a shot and the soldier fell to the ground./ * /All of a sudden the ship struck a rock./ Compare: AT ONCE.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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