A prepositional phrase includes a preposition, its object, and any modifiers of the object.
1. At a glance
- Upon cursory examination; an abbreviated review
E.g. At a glance it seems that he is a nice guy, but upon digging deeper the truth emerges.
2. At a loss
- Below the cost or price of purchase
E.g. We sold those old computers at a loss.
3. At a loss
- Not sure; uncertain; lacking further ideas, direction, or ability
E.g. I have fixed the parts I understand, and the rest leaves me at a loss.
4. At a loss for words
- Having nothing to say; stunned to the point of speechlessness
E.g. She was at a loss for words when she saw the number of people who had come to grieve for her husband.
5. At a moment’s notice
- Immediately; instantaneously; without need of warning
E.g. The soldiers were ready at a moment’s notice.
6. At a stand
- In a state of confusion or uncertainty; undecided what to do next
E.g. Now I am quite at a stand.
7. At a stretch
- In one continuous period of time; at a time
E.g. He worked for fifteen hours at a stretch.
8. At a time
- In a single, continuous period of time
E.g. He manages to abstain from smoking for weeks at a time, but then gives in and starts again.
9. At all costs
- Absolutely imperative; sparing no effort
E.g. We have to retain the majority at all costs.
10. At all hours
- Late into the night or early morning; when people ought to be sleeping
E.g. It’s hard to sleep with the neighbors playing the radio so loud and that dog barking at all hours.
11. At any rate
- In any case, anyway, anyhow, regardless; used to discard a previous thought
E.g. Jim broke the window — or maybe it was John? At any rate, the window’s broken now.
12. At arm’s length
- Avoiding a close relationship
E.g. She’s been keeping me at arm’s length all the time. She doesn’t want to get involved.
13. At cost
- At the purchasing price; without any markup
E.g. I will sell you the apples at cost.
14. At first
- Initially; at the start
E.g. If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your father told you.
15. At first glance
- After only a superficial examination or review
E.g. At first glance it seems to be a reasonable idea. But we’ll see.
16. At first sight
- Superficially, without a full inspection
E.g. It looks like a normal car at first sight. But when we open the hood, we discover something quite new.
17. At full stretch
- Using maximum resources
E.g. We only just managed to finish on time by working at full stretch since first thing in the morning.
18. At full throttle
- As fast as physically possible
E.g. Since noon she’s been working at full throttle on the calculations.
19. At full tilt
- At full speed; very quickly
E.g. Don’t go racing around corners at full tilt or you’ll hit someone.
20. At hand
- Within easy reach; nearby
E.g. I don’t have the information at hand, but I can look it up.
21. At heart
- In spirit; according to one’s beliefs, views or feelings; deep down, really, fundamentally
E.g. I’m a vegetarian at heart – the thought of the death of animals for my food is abhorrent
22. At home
- In one’s place of residence
E.g. Sorry Sir, I left my homework at home
23. At home
- At ease, comfortable
E.g. I feel at home when I’m round my girlfriend’s house
24. At home
- In the home of one’s parents
E.g. I can’t believe it, she’s 28 and still lives at home
25. At issue
- In question; under discussion
E.g. The point at issue is whether we can afford to take on a new employee
26. At large
- On the loose; roaming freely; not confined
E.g. For a nervous twenty-four hours, three wanted criminals were at large in the city
27. At large
- In general; as a whole
E.g. Some people support the measure, but the community at large will probably be against it
28. At large
- Having an electorate across multiple districts
E.g. The city has five city council districts; however, the mayor is elected at large
29. At last
- After a long time; eventually
E.g. Now that the dog has stopped barking, perhaps we can at last get some rest
30. At last
- In the end; finally; ultimately
E.g. After all their troubles, at last they lived happily ever after
31. At least
- At the least; at a minimum or lower limit
E.g. I couldn’t count them all, but I think there must have been at least 500 people in attendance
32. At length
- For a long time
E.g. He went on at length about his supposed qualifications
33. At length
- At last, finally
E.g. She led us through the tunnels for some time, until at length we reached a small door in the rock
34. At loose ends
- In an uncertain position or situation
E.g. I am really at loose ends about this choice; I am between the proverbial rock and hard place
35. At most
- At the most; at a maximum or upper limit
E.g. There weren’t so many people at the concert – 40 at most
36. At odds
- In disagreement; conflicting
E.g. The witness’ statement seems to be at odds with the evidence, not a good sign for the prosecutor
37. At once
- At the same time; simultaneously
E.g. Can you pat your head and rub your belly at once?
38. At once
- Immediately; now; right away
E.g. Tell the doctor to come at once. She is having a baby
39. At one
- In harmony or unity
E.g. She felt perfectly at one with nature
40. At one time
E.g. At one time, I could walk ten miles in a day, but I can’t any longer
41. At one time
E.g. A bigamist has two spouses at one time
42. At pains
- Making careful effort (to)
E.g. The agency has been at pains to stress that its decisions are still based on sound science
43. At peace
- Free of worries; peaceful
E.g. Since discovering religion, she’s been at peace in her personal life
44. At peace
E.g. He was unhappy when he was alive, but now he’s at peace
45. At places
- In some, possibly rare places
E.g. I felt dizzy and fainting at places, but I still made it to the finish line
46. At play
- Playing, in the process of playing
E.g. There are children at play in the street
47. At rest
- Not moving; stationary
E.g. At rest, the car is impressive, but when it’s moving, the sight is astounding
48. At risk
- In a state or condition marked by a high level of risk or vulnerability
E.g. The entire population initially seemed at risk of infection
49. At school
- At one’s school
E.g. I left my history book at school
50. At sea
- In a state of confusion or bewilderment
E.g. Most of the class was at sea after the first week
51. At someone’s service
- Fully available to help or to be of use to someone, or some organisation
E.g. John will be at our service for the duration of the visit
52. At stake
- At issue, at risk
E.g. Doesn’t he realize that all of our lives are at stake here too?
53. At that
- In addition to what has been said; furthermore; moreover
E.g. He went to a famous school, and a good one at that
54. At the drop of a hat
- Without any hesitation; instantly
E.g. If you need help, just call on Mike. He can come at the drop of a hat
55. At the mercy of
- In the power of, defenceless against
E.g. The ball game is scheduled for Saturday, but we’re still at the mercy of the weather
56. At the ready
- Ready; in a state of preparation or waiting; in position or anticipation
E.g. The soldiers’ rifles were at the ready
57. At the wheel
- Driving; in control of a vehicle
E.g. It is a shame, his first day driving and he falls asleep at the wheel
58. At the wheel
- In control of the situation; in charge
E.g. We were thriving when Bill was at the wheel, but since the new CEO has started things have been going south
59. At this point in time
- Right now, or in the near and foreseeable future
E.g. While we are not able to assist you at this point in time, we will be sure to call you if an opportunity arises
60. At times
- On occasion, sometimes
E.g. I feel lonely at times, but then somebody phones, or calls round, and I cheer up again
61. At will
- At one’s preference; as one sees fit
E.g. I’m writing my book at will – there’s no deadline or minimum word count
62. At work
- At one’s workplace
E.g. They’ve got a new photocopier at work
63. At work
- Working, in the process of doing work
E.g. Don’t interrupt me while I’m at work on my housing project
64. At worst
- If the worst possible alternative happens
E.g. It looks like rain, but let’s go out anyway. At worst, we’ll only get wet