'twas ever thus
expression meaning "things never change"
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1 at any time
have you ever seen it?
2 by any chance; in any case
how did you ever find out?
3 at all times; always
4 in any possible way or manner
come as fast as ever you can
5 Informal (chiefly Brit) (intensifier, in the phrases ever so, ever such, and ever such a)
ever so good, ever such bad luck, ever such a waste
6 ever and again (or anon)
Archaic now and then; from time to time
7 is he or she ever!
(U.S. and Canadian)
slang he or she displays the quality concerned in abundance, (See also)
(Old English æfre, of uncertain origin)
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus
1 at all, at any period, at any point, at any time, by any chance, in any case, on any occasion
2 always, at all times, aye (Scot.) constantly, continually, endlessly, eternally, everlastingly, evermore, for ever, incessantly, perpetually, relentlessly, to the end of time, unceasingly, unendingly
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