at the same time


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at the same time

1. Simultaneously. Don't try to carry more than two boxes at the same time—they're heavy! I can't understand a word with all of you screaming at the same time.
2. Also; however. I want to go to the game tonight, but at the same time, I know that I have to get up early tomorrow. She's not my favorite candidate for the job. At the same time, though, I think her experience will benefit our department.
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at the same time

 
1. Lit. during the same moment; simultaneously. We arrived at the same time. Too many things are happening at the same time, and I am confused.
2. Fig. nevertheless; however; along with that. Bill was able to pay for the damage. At the same time, he was very angry about the accident. We agree to your demands. At the same time, we object strongly to your methods.
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at the same time

1. Simultaneously, as in We were all scheduled to leave at the same time. This idiom was first recorded in 1526. For synonyms, see at once, def. 1; at one time, def. 1.
2. Nevertheless, however, as in Mary agreed with her mother's criticism, but at the same time she wanted to defend her husband's views . [c. 1700]
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at the same time

However; nonetheless.
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References in classic literature ?
Pickwick's countenance, could not forbear at the same time casting a desponding look towards Sam Weller.
Another functionary, from time to time, exercised his lungs in calling over the names of those who had been sworn, for the purpose of restoring to them their affidavits after they had been signed by the judge, which gave rise to a few more scuffles; and all these things going on at the same time, occasioned as much bustle as the most active and excitable person could desire to behold.
I was quick and bold and could always trust my driver; Jerry was quick and patient at the same time, and could trust his horse, which was a great thing too.
I walked to the long window which leads into the back garden, to look out, and almost at the same time I heard the door opened -- the door of the room I had just left, and your voice and the voice of some other woman, a stranger to me, talking.
Embedded and real-time application developers can now enjoy all the benefits of Linux and satisfy their real-time needs at the same time.
Time is problematic for the patron because the repetition that he is at such great pains to avoid or disavow is at the same time an indispensable component of his existence.