once and future

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 happening again

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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