Definition of holus-bolus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhōləs ˈbōləs/


North American or archaic
All at once: swallowing every proposal that is made holus-bolus
More example sentences
  • Ad hoc guidelines developed in response to an epidemic in the United Kingdom more than a decade ago have been implemented holus-bolus against Canadian beef in international markets.
  • Ad hoc guidelines developed in response to an outbreak of epidemic proportions in Great Britain have been implemented holus-bolus in response to one sick cow.
  • We're certainly not just going to pick up and apply holus-bolus what the Americans have done without ascertaining whether that is something that will work in Australia.


Mid 19th century (originally dialect): perhaps pseudo-Latin for 'whole bolus, whole lump'.

Words that rhyme with holus-bolus

Aeolus, alveolus, bolas, bolus, gladiolus, solus, toeless

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Syllabification: ho·lus-bo·lus

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