- adv. phr.1. Without delay; right now or right then; immediately.
Put a burning match next to a piece of paper and it will begin burning at once.
Mother called the children to lunch, and Paul came at once, but Brenda stayed in the sand pile a little longer.Syn.: right away or right offCompare: all at once(2)
Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". Оригинал: A.Маккей, М.Т.Боткер, Дж.И.Гейтс. 1997.
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