Definition At a time

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Definition

at a time: after another, at one time; straight, without pause; simultaneously
idiom
You stay on the phone for three hours at a time. Your ear must hurt with a phone to it for three hours without a pause.
The doctor will see each of you one at a time, so please wait in the waiting room until the doctor calls your name.

Don't confuse with:

At a time like this in this current climate; in this particular moment

Examples

  • "His many tasks involve everything from chemical experimentation to intense brainstorming sessions, during which he lies prostrate on a bed of needles and repeats a string of incomprehensible syllables, often for hours at a time."

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