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Caribbean, United States regional, and Indian English. One by one, bit by bit; one after the other; individually.
Caribbean. Scattered, sporadic; a few.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Thomson (1765–1846), physician and surgeon. Reduplication of one, chiefly via Caribbean creole after distributive use in a number of African languages, e.g. Akan baako-baako, Bemba u-mo u-mo, Yoruba ọ̀koọ̀kan.
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