Handy Prepositional Phrases (1): ‘At’

at a rate/speed
at all costs
at any rate
at fault
at first glance
at hand
at once
at random
at short notice
at the expense of
at this rate

 

Examples:

Cyber crimes are rising at an alarming rate.

Avoid taking the motorway at all costs – it’s jam-packed this morning.

I wasn’t able to go to the meeting but I hear I didn’t miss much at any rate.

The lorry driver was clearly at fault. He was driving at a speed of 70mph while on his phone.

At first glance the exam seemed pretty easy.

“Do you have last month’s figures at hand?” – “No, but I can go and get them.”

Why are you still watching TV? Get ready for bed at once(= immediately)

Hang on, I can’t do two things at once! // I wish you would all stop talking at once! (= at the same time)

The magician told me to select a card at random from the deck.

I doubt the doctor will be able to see me at such short notice.

She became very successful but at the expense of many friendships.

At this rate we are never going to catch the bus. Come on, walk faster.

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