Hope everyone’s having a wonderful weekend! Here’s your word of the day…


en bloc
ahn BLAWK; English. en BLOK


French. as a whole.


These houses had recently been bought en bloc by a property developer who was about to have them renovated.
— Ruth Rendell , End in Tears , 2005

Mr Gates, after a pause, agreed to act as chairman temporarily, and Anton sat down, with a look of satisfaction which explained to Martha that she had under-estimated the danger of the entire body of respectable patrons resigning en bloc.
— Doris Lessing , A Ripple From the Storm , 1958


En bloc entered English in the mid-1800s directly from the French phrase of the same spelling and meaning.


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