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one time (not comparable)

  1. (informal) Used to introduce a narrative concerning a past event
    Synonym: once
    • 1843, George Payne Rainsford James, The Commissioner: Or, De Lunatico Inquirendo, page 186:
      Her eyes would suddenly become fixed on the other side of the room, and for a moment or two she would seem bewildered and absent. One time I was watching her in this state, when her husband took me by the arm and said, 'Come away, Tom.'
    • 1855, John Lewis, New Hope: Or, The Rescue. A Tale of the Great Kanawha, page 167:
      One time we cotch four hunderd and fifty thousand at one haul.
    • 2008, Benjamin Drevlow, Bend with the Knees: And Other Love Advice from My Father[1], page 14:
      One time I untied the boat as we were leaving, started to yell Lines off, deckhand on [] .
    • 2009, Elmore Leonard, Forty Lashes Less One, page 24:
      One time he hadn't held onto himself—the time he worked for the Sedona cattle people up on Oak Creek—and it was the reason he was here.
    • 2020, Christine Trueman, See You Again, One Time in Saint Helena:
      So, one time, he didn't come back, and didn't come back, and his dinner got cold. When he did come back eventually, he brought a tray of cakes for our girls. Know what I did?” / I shook my head. / “I took the tray from him and threw it all over the garden for the goats and chickens. I was so mad.

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  • one time”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.