[ adverb ] for a short time




"sit down and stay awhile" "they settled awhile in Virginia before moving West" "the baby was quiet for a while"

Used in print

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)

`` I have to stay with Nieman for_a_while '' , Hemus said .

(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)

To be the Savior and the Lord , Jesus_Christ has to be a historical individual with a biography all his own ; he dare not be a cosmic aeon that swoops to earth for_a_while but never identifies itself with man 's history .

(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)

While talking with Julian_M._Beall , Francisco_Archuleta and Juan_Marcus appeared , both heavily armed , and after watching the house for_a_while , rode_away .

(Robert Penn Warren, Wilderness....)

He is going_to let History take the blame for_a_while '' .

(Sallie Bingham, "Moving Day," The Atlantic...)

He sat for_a_while with his hands on his knees , watching the bend of her back as she gathered_up her things - a comb , a bottle of aspirin - to take upstairs and pack .