for the nonce

for the nonce

Temporarily; for the time being; for a single particular occasion. That will have to do for the nonce, but be sure to get a clearer answer by the end of the day. He fell over, being for the nonce incapable of maintaining an upright posture. The two parties passed a unilateral emergency bill, crafted for the nonce to manage the looming financial crisis.
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For the nonce, however, he proposed to sail about, and sow his wild oats in all four oceans.
Ere quitting, for the nonce, the Sperm Whale's head, I would have you, as a sensible physiologist, simply --particularly remark its front aspect, in all its compacted collectedness.
In order that the render may get the mental half-Nelson on the plot of this narrative which is so essential if a short story is to charm, elevate, and instruct, it is necessary now, for the nonce (but only for the nonce), to inspect Archibald's past life.
I fear,'' said the Black Knight, ``I fear greatly, there is no one here that is qualified to take upon him, for the nonce, this same character of father confessor?
let me explain - I'm come to offer you my services, for though Huntingdon is my friend, he's a devilish scamp, as we all know, and I'll be your friend for the nonce.
Whether it was the sense of freedom and independence which a rational animal may be supposed to feel when he sits on a table in an easy attitude smoking a pipe, swinging one leg carelessly to and fro, and having his boots cleaned all the time, without even the past trouble of having taken them off, or the prospective misery of putting them on, to disturb his reflections; or whether it was the goodness of the tobacco that soothed the feelings of the Dodger, or the mildness of the beer that mollified his thoughts; he was evidently tinctured, for the nonce, with a spice of romance and enthusiasm, foreign to his general nature.
But what with wrestling bouts and bouts with quarter-staves, and wandering minstrels, there came up so many other things to talk about, that the reward was forgotten for the nonce, and only the Foresters and Sheriff's men watched the gates with diligence, the Sheriff indeed spurring them to effort by offers of largess.
This idea satisfied me, and I dismissed my curiosity for the nonce.
Truly," quoth Robin, holding up his arms and looking down at himself, "I do think it be somewhat of a gay, gaudy, grasshopper dress; but it is a pretty thing for all that, and doth not ill befit the turn of my looks, albeit I wear it but for the nonce.
Will added that he had made himself Naumann's pupil for the nonce.
Whatever were the circumstances which had led to such a result, it certainly appeared as though the popolorum tibby had rather miscalculated, for the nonce, the extent of his lady's affection.
Into this arrangement I entered without the slightest hesitation, for we had funds enough to carry it out on a comfortable scale, and Raffles placed a sufficient share at my disposal for the nonce.
said Tackleton, assuming, for the nonce, a little cordiality.
As a young boy, some said, he had once been in heaven, a moment's visit Through a locked door constructed for the nonce.
For the nonce, at least, rival theories of what in the world Eliza Hurst may have been hinting at in her rhymes may still be entertained; for my part, I have previously indicated my belief that the answer to her riddle is probably "a honeybee," much to the general apathy.