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but then

On the other hand; but after more careful consideration or from a different perspective. I always considered myself naturally athletic, but then, my parents had me involved in sports from a young age. She just seems constantly worn out, but then, she's trying to manage a business and raise her daughter single-handedly.
See also: but

no pressure

Said ironically to emphasize that what is being discussed carries a large amount of importance or makes one feel that one must try very hard to succeed. A: "I don't want you to feel intimidated, but this employee review will have a huge bearing on whether or not you're kept on at the end of the year." B: "Wow, no pressure or anything!"
See also: pressure

and then some

and even more; and more than has been mentioned. John is going to have to run like a deer and then some to win this race. The cook put the amount of salt called for into the soup and then some.
See also: and

(every) now and then

 and (every) now and again; (every) once in a while
occasionally; infrequently. We eat lamb every now and then. We eat pork now and then. I read a novel every now and again.
See also: and, now

*fat hit the fire

Fig. a situation that suddenly becomes frantic and unpleasant. (*Typically: suddenly ~; then ~; when ~.) Things were looking bad in the stock market, then the fat hit the fire and I lost everything.
See also: fat, fire, hit

(Good-bye) until then.

 and (Good-bye) till then.; (Good-bye) till later.; (Good-bye) until later.
Good-bye until sometime in the future. Sally: See you tomorrow. Good-bye until then. Sue: Sure thing. See you. Mary: See you later. Bob: Until later. The announcer always ended by saying, "Be with us again next week at this time. Good-bye until then."
See also: until

If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.

Prov. People make a lot of wishes, but wishing is useless. Jill: If I were Queen of the World, I would make sure that everyone had enough to eat. Jane: And if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride. Alan: I sure wish I had one of those expensive cameras. Jane: If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.
See also: beggar, if, ride, wish

If you're born to be hanged, then you'll never be drowned.

Prov. If you escape one disaster, it must be because you are destined for a different kind of disaster. (Sometimes used to warn someone who has escaped drowning against gloating over good luck.) When their ship was trapped in a terrible storm, Ellen told her husband that she feared they would die. "Don't worry," he replied with a yawn, "if you're born to be hanged, then you'll never be drowned."
See also: born, drown, if, never

(I'll) see you then.

I will see you at the time we've just agreed upon. John: Can we meet at noon? Bill: Sure. See you then. Bye. John: Bye. John: I'll pick you up just after midnight. Sally: See you then.
See also: see

now and then

sometimes; occasionally. (See also (every) now and then.) I like to go to a movie now and then. We visit my parents now and then, but we rarely see our other relatives.
See also: and, now

now then

a sentence opener indicating that a new topic is being opened or that the speaker is getting down to business. (Expressions such as this often use intonation to convey the connotation of the sentence that is to follow. The brief intonation pattern accompanying the expression may indicate sarcasm, disagreement, caution, consolation, sternness, etc.) "Now then, where's the pain?" asked the doctor. Mary: Now then, let's talk about you and your interests. Bob: Oh, good. My favorite subject. Sue: Now then, what are your plans for the future? Alice: I want to become a pilot. "Now then, what did you have in mind when you took this money?" asked the police investigator.
See also: now

then and there

Cliché right at that time and place. I asked him right then and there exactly what he meant. I decided to settle the matter then and there and not wait until Monday.
See also: and

(every) now and then

also (every) now and again
sometimes We still meet for lunch now and then, but not as often as we used to. Every now and then I'll take the kids to the playground.
Related vocabulary: every so often
See also: and, now

and then some

and even more It looked like 20,000 people and then some were crowded into the stadium. Investors in the business got their money back and then some.
See also: and

(but) then again

after thinking more about something She'd look better if she lost maybe ten or fifteen pounds, but then again who wouldn't? It would be fun to see them - then again, I don't really have the time.
Related vocabulary: on second thought
See also: again

then and there

immediately The minute I saw her, I decided I had to tell her then and there that I wanted to marry her.
Related vocabulary: (right) here and now
See also: and

every now and again/then

  also every so often
sometimes Every now and then I go to town and spend loads of money.
See also: again, and, every, now

and then some

  (American & Australian)
and even more It looked like 20,000 people and then some at the demonstration. 'Did Joe give you a hard time?' 'Yeah, and then some!'
See also: and

there and then

  also then and there
if you do something there and then, you do it immediately She booked me in to see the consultant there and then.
See also: and

and then some

And considerably more, as in I need all the help I can get and then some, or The speaker went on for an hour and then some. This idiom may originally have come from and some, a much older Scottish expression used in the same way. [Early 1900s]
See also: and

every now and then

Also, every now and again; every once in a while; every so often. Occasionally, from time to time; also, periodically. For example, Every now and then I long for a piece of chocolate, or We take long walks every now and again, or Every once in a while he'll call, or Every so often she washes the car. The first term dates from the first half of the 1700s, the last from the mid-1900s. Also see from time to time; once in a while.
See also: and, every, now

now and again

Also, now and then. See every now and then.
See also: again, and, now

shit will hit the fan, the

Also, when or then the shit hits the fan . There will be major trouble, often following the disclosure of a piece of information. For example, When they find out they were firing on their own planes, the shit will hit the fan. This idiom calls up the graphic image of feces spread by a rapidly revolving electric fan. [ Vulgar slang; c. 1930]
See also: hit, shit, will

then again

Also, but then. On the other hand, an opposite possibility. For example, I think it'll arrive tomorrow; then again, it may not, or We think you'll like this restaurant, but then again, not everyone does, or The play was a bit dull, but then she's a great actress.
See also: again

then and there

Also, there and then. At that precise time and place; on the spot. For example, When the board questioned his judgment again, he resigned then and there. The first term was first recorded in 1442, the variant in 1496.
See also: and

all that and then some

phr. everything mentioned and even more. Q: Did she say all those terrible things so that everyone could hear her? A: All that and then some.
See also: all, and

I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you

and ICTYBTIHTKY
sent. & comp. abb. a phrase said in answer to a question that one does not want to answer. Don’t ask. ICTYBTIHTKY.
See also: but, could, have, kill, tell

Life’s a bitch, then you die

and LABTYD
sent. & comp. abb. Life is tough, a general lament. LABTYD. How depressing. God, I hate this disease. Life’s a bitch, then you die.
See also: die

then and there

mod. right then. Right then and there, he pulled up his shirt and showed everyone the jagged scar.
See also: and

and then some

Informal
With considerably more in addition: This project will take all our skill and then some.
See also: and

then again

From another standpoint; on the other hand: I need a vacation. Then again, so do my coworkers.
See also: again
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