at this rate
at this rate
at this speed; if things continue in the same way. (Usually of a pessimistic view.) •

Hurry up! We'll never get there at this rate.

At this rate, all the food will be gone before we get there.

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or[at that rate] {adv. phr.} At a speed like this or that; with progress like this or that. * /John's father said that if John kept going at that rate he would never finish cutting the grass./ * /So Johnny has a whole dollar! At this rate he'll be a millionaire./ * /"Three 100's in the last four tests! At this rate you'll soon be teaching the subject," Tom said to Mary./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • at this rate — or[at that rate] {adv. phr.} At a speed like this or that; with progress like this or that. * /John s father said that if John kept going at that rate he would never finish cutting the grass./ * /So Johnny has a whole dollar! At this rate he ll… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at\ this\ rate — • at that rate • at this rate adv. phr. At a speed like this or that; with progress like this or that. John s father said that if John kept going at that rate he would never finish cutting the grass. So Johnny has a whole dollar! At this rate he… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at this rate — ► at this rate if things continue in this way. Main Entry: ↑rate …   English terms dictionary

  • at this rate — adverb or at that rate : under such conditions : this being so at this rate, he won t be elected * * * at this rate spoken phrase used for saying what will happen if the present situation continues At this rate the factory will be closed down by… …   Useful english dictionary

  • at this rate — spoken used for saying what will happen if the present situation continues At this rate the factory will be closed down by Christmas …   English dictionary

  • at\ that\ rate — • at that rate • at this rate adv. phr. At a speed like this or that; with progress like this or that. John s father said that if John kept going at that rate he would never finish cutting the grass. So Johnny has a whole dollar! At this rate he… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at that rate — adverb see at this rate * * * at ˈthis/ˈthat rate idiom (informal) used to say what will happen if a particular situation continues to develop in the same way • At this rate, we ll soon be bankrupt. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • At any rate — Any A ny, a. & pron. [OE. [ae]ni[yogh], [ae]ni, eni, ani, oni, AS. [=ae]nig, fr. [=a]n one. It is akin to OS. [=e]nig, OHG. einic, G. einig, D. eenig. See {One}.] 1. One indifferently, out of an indefinite number; one indefinitely, whosoever or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • at this/that rate — if things continue to happen in the same way they have been happening At this rate, the town s farmland will be gone within 20 years. • • • Main Entry: ↑rate …   Useful english dictionary

  • at this (or that) rate — if things continue in this or that way. → ratchet something up/down …   English new terms dictionary

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