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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
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
who's a pretty boy then
An affectionate phrase said to pets, especially parrots. "Aw, who's a pretty boy then?" she cooed while petting the puppy. Who's a pretty boy then? Here, Polly the Parrot, have a cracker.
and then some
And more than has already been stated. The incumbent is so popular that you're going to have to campaign and then some in order to beat her. You will have to train and then some if you want to make the basketball team—there are so many good players this year. A: "This dessert is very rich." B: "And then some! I don't think I can finish it."
(every) now and then
Occasionally; sometimes. Josh does stop by the store every now and then, but I haven't seen him lately. I don't eat a lot of sweets, but every now and then I just need a piece of chocolate cake.
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.
(every) now and thenand (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.
*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.
(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.
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."
(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.
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.
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]
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.
now and again
Also, now and then. See every now and then.
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]
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.
and then someand plenty more than that. informal, chiefly US
1998 New Scientist But by simply sitting still and digesting, a chick could double this rate and then some.
then/there aˈgain(informal) used for introducing an extra piece of information which explains something or gives another explanation for something: I thought he liked me, but then again maybe he didn’t.
1 in spite of what has/had happened: I’ve shown him the photographs but even now he won’t believe me. ♢ Even then she would not admit her mistake.
2 (formal) at this or that exact moment: The troops are even now preparing to march into the city.
just ˈthenat that moment: Just then, someone knocked at the front door.
See also: just
(every) now and aˈgain/ˈthenoccasionally: We see each other every now and again. ♢ She sat by the window, looking out now and then to see if they were coming. ♢ ‘How often do you go to the theatre?’ ‘Now and then. Not often.’ OPPOSITE: all the time (2)
1 used for getting somebody’s attention before you start to tell them or ask something: Now then, let’s begin the next exercise. ♢ Now then, lads, what’s going on here?
2 used when you are trying to remember something: The capital of Cuba? Now then, let me think...
See also: now
and ˈthen some(spoken) and even more (than has already been mentioned): It rained for two hours and then some.
(do something) ˌthere and ˈthen,
(do something) ˌthen and ˈthere(do something) at that time and place; immediately: I took one look at the car and offered to buy it then and there.
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.
I could tell you but then I’d have to kill youand ICTYBTIHTKY
sent. & comp. abb. a phrase said in answer to a question that one does not want to answer. Don’t ask. ICTYBTIHTKY.
Life’s a bitch, then you dieand 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.
and then someInformal
With considerably more in addition: This project will take all our skill and then some.
From another standpoint; on the other hand: I need a vacation. Then again, so do my coworkers.
See also: again