At about

At approximately, as in We’ll start at about nine. This phrase, most often used with respect to time (as at about four o’clock), is sometimes criticized for being redundant. Although one of the two words sometimes can be omitted without changing the meaning—for example, About four o’clock is when most guests will arrive—in other instances both are needed, as in This stock is now selling at about its original offering price. [ Early 1800s ]


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  • Account

    an oral or written description of particular events or situations; narrative: an account of the meetings; an account of the trip. an explanatory statement of conduct, as to a superior. a statement of reasons, causes, etc., explaining some event. reason; basis: On this account I’m refusing your offer. importance; worth; value; consequence: things of no […]

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    the price paid to acquire, produce, accomplish, or maintain anything: the high cost of a good meal. an outlay or expenditure of money, time, labor, trouble, etc.: What will the cost be to me? a sacrifice, loss, or penalty: to work at the cost of one’s health. costs, Law. money allowed to a successful party […]

  • At all events

    something that happens or is regarded as happening; an occurrence, especially one of some importance. the outcome, issue, or result of anything: The venture had no successful event. something that occurs in a certain place during a particular interval of time. Physics. in relativity, an occurrence that is sharply localized at a single point in […]

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