once and future
denoting someone or something that is eternal, enduring or constant
This expression comes from T. H. White's The Once and Future King (1958) - a series of novels about the Arthurian legends.
Related Idioms and Phrases :
once a fool always a fool
a person cannot change their fundamental nature
1993 - Margaret Atwood - The Robber Bride - She was once a Catholic and once a Catholic, always a Catholic…according to her mother.
once and for all = once for all
now and for the last time
once bitten twice shy = once burned twice shy
a bad experience makes you wary of the same thing
This expression dates from the late 19th century. A variant common in the USA is once burned twice shy.
once in a while = every once in a while
from time to time
1989 - Annie Dillard - The Writing Life - Every once in a while Rahm saw a peephole in the clouds and buzzed over for a look.
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