American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. At that precise time and place; on the spot: resigned then and there.
- adv. idiomatic Right at that moment in time.
“Well, you know, by, I think I was out in the backyard um, wrestling and saying some things I shouldn't be saying with some other kids, and he heard me, and he addressed me about it and I sort of got fat-mouthed, but he taught me right then and there that you don't do that, so, respect was always there.”
“Maddie may have been making some fantasy-based plans in her creative little mind, but Max decided right then and there that her plans were about to change.”
“A spoonful of mashed potato and gravy narrowly missed my left ear, and I determined then and there to boycott wholesome family restaurants and patronize murky dives where the waitresses wear mini-skirts and fishnet tights, where sleazy characters hang around the bar, and where all the potatoes are french fried.”
“Were any ruffian to begin any misbehavior, it was at once reported to Mr. Bettis, and he immediately ordered some men to seize the embryonic disturbance maker, upon whom with his buggy whip he would then and there inflict a whipping wholly commensurate with the offense.”
“The king hastened to his bedside in company with his Excellency Chow Phya Sri Sury - Wongse, the Kralahome, or prime minister; and then and there a silent and solemn reconciliation took place.”
“He had known then and there that he had to have the portrait — and that, despite it being an almost priceless Andrew Southern, once he had it no one else would be allowed to look at it but him.”
“The family was still living in Richardson then and there was a store across the street from their apartment called the Richardson Bike Mart.”
“The next day Tommy's seatmate, Dicky Ray, was naughty in school, and Miss Linnet called him up, opened her desk, took out a little riding whip -- it was a bright blue one -- and then and there administered punishment.”
“Conference of the African M.E. Church, in Cincinnati, Ohio, say on or about the 25th of 8th month, A.D. 1838; hence, it was then and there he did join said Conference, under the administration of the worthy head and Superintendent of said Church, namely, M.B. of Philadelphia, Pa.”
Wilkerson's history of his travels & labors, in the United States : as a missionary, in particular, that of the Union Seminary, located in Franklin Co., Ohio, since he purchased his liberty in New Orleans, La. &c.,
“Copies of the Paper were then and there delivered to the Parliamentary Commissioners with the Army; and it was with that Paper carried before it that the Army continued its march into London.”
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