See also: onetime and one time

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one-time (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to a specific period of time in the past, not extending to the present.
    Synonyms: former, past, sometime; see also Thesaurus:former
    He was the one-time president of the club.
    • 1910, Jack London, chapter XIII, in Burning Daylight[1]:
      His one-time investment in a brickyard had put the idea into his head—an idea that he decided was a good one, for it enabled him to suggest that she ride along with him to inspect the quarry.
    • 1913, Eleanor H. Porter, chapter 18, in Pollyanna[2], L.C. Page, →OCLC:
      Pollyanna never doubted now that John Pendleton was her Aunt Polly's one-time lover; []
    • 1945 July and August, “The Why and The Wherefore: Station Turntables”, in Railway Magazine, page 241, reply to J. A. Drew:
      The old Ramsgate Harbour station of the one-time South Eastern Railway was a case in point, as also the stations in the Isle of Wight that you name, such as Ventnor West.
    • 2017 April 13, Adam Forrest, “The death of diesel: has the one-time wonder fuel become the new asbestos?”, in The Guardian[3]:
      Has the one-time wonder fuel become the new asbestos – not to say mustard gas?
  2. Occurring or used in a single instance and then never again.
    Synonym: one-off
    one-time charge/payment
    He was an eloquent speaker, and his slip of the tongue was a one-time error.
    • 2007, Markus Jakobsson, Steven Myers, Phishing and Countermeasures[4], Wiley, →ISBN:
      Even if an attacker manages to intercept a one-time password, that password has already been used and is no longer usable to authenticate.

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one-time (third-person singular simple present one-times, present participle one-timing, simple past and past participle one-timed)

  1. (soccer, ice hockey) To shoot (the ball or puck) directly from a teammate's pass.
    • 2013 May 3, Werner Pichler, “Europa League 2012/13, Semifinal, 2nd Leg (R)”, in[5] (Usenet):
      Basel's good moment continued, and in stoppage time of the first half, Streller released Salah with a clever pass down the middle and the young Egyptian one-timed the ball over Čech.

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the one-time

  1. (US, slang) The police.

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  • one-time”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.

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