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1‘I saw him only once’
on one occasion, one time, one single time
twice, many times
2‘he did not once help’
ever, at any time, on any occasion, at all, under any circumstances, on any account, in a million years
3‘they were friends once’
formerly, previously, in the past, at one time, at one point, once upon a time, on a former occasion, on one occasion, one time, in one case, time was when, in days gone by, in times gone by, back in the day, in times past, in the old days, in the good old days, long ago
archaic sometime, erst, erstwhile, whilom
literary in days of yore, in times of yore, of yore
1‘he'll be all right once she's gone’
as soon as, when, after, immediately after, the instant, the minute, the moment, the second
British informal immediately
1‘you must leave at once’
immediately, right away, right now, this instant, this minute, this moment, this second, now, straight away, instantly, instantaneously, directly, suddenly, abruptly, summarily, forthwith, promptly, without delay, without hesitation, without further ado
quickly, as fast as possible, as soon as possible, fast, speedily, with all speed
like a shot, in a flash, like a flash, before you can say Jack Robinson
later, in due course
2‘all the guests arrived at once’
at the same time, at one and the same time, at the same instant, at the same moment, simultaneously
as a group, in unison, in concert, in chorus
singly, in dribs and drabs
1‘you must decide once and for all’
conclusively, decisively, finally, positively, absolutely, determinedly, definitely, definitively, irrevocably
‘once in a while a car went past’
occasionally, from time to time, every now and again, every now and then, every so often, every once in a while, on occasion, on occasions, on the odd occasion, at times, sometimes, off and on, at intervals, periodically, sporadically, spasmodically, erratically, irregularly, intermittently, by fits and starts, in fits and starts, fitfully, discontinuously, piecemeal
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