at it

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 (ăt; ət when unstressed)
a. In or near the area occupied by; in or near the location of: at the market; at our destination.
b. In or near the position of: always at my side; at the center of the page.
2. To or toward the direction or location of, especially for a specific purpose: Questions came at us from all sides.
3. Present during; attending: at the dance.
4. Within the interval or span of: at the dinner hour; at a glance.
5. In the state or condition of: at peace with one's conscience.
6. In the activity or field of: skilled at playing chess; good at math.
7. To or using the rate, extent, or amount of; to the point of: at 30 cents a pound; at high speed; at 20 paces; at 350°F.
8. On, near, or by the time or age of: at three o'clock; at 72 years of age.
9. On account of; because of: rejoice at a victory.
10. By way of; through: exited at the rear gate.
11. In accord with; following: at my request.
12. Dependent upon: at the mercy of the court.
13. Occupied with: at work.
at it Informal
Engaged in verbal or physical conflict; arguing or fighting: The neighbors are at it again.

[Middle English, from Old English æt; see ad- in Indo-European roots.]




The symbol for astatine.


1. air temperature
2. ampere-turn
3. antitank
4. automatic transmission
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Do you reckon it would do that if we was to holler at it?"
"Don't you worry, I ain't going to holler at it. Look, Huck, it's a-scratching its head--don't you see?"
I only worked at it in overhours--often late at night--and I had to go to Treddleston over an' over again about little bits o' brass nails and such gear; and I turned the little knobs and the legs, and carved th' open work, after a pattern, as nice as could be.
Is that how you look at it? We don't see it like that.
Workingmen, just common laborers, mostly, and some railroad men, stopped at it, and I guess Al Stanley got his share of their wages.
She gazed sadly away across the fields until her eyes came to rest on a fence bright-splashed with poppies at its base.
Now, the way I look at it, a hickry-bark ladder don't cost nothing, and don't waste nothing, and is just as good to load up a pie with, and hide in a straw tick, as any rag ladder you can start; and as for Jim, he ain't had no experience, and so he don't care what kind of a --"
Why, look at one of them prisoners in the bottom dungeon of the Castle Deef, in the harbor of Marseilles, that dug himself out that way; how long was HE at it, you reckon?"
Moss, but my opinion is, looking at it one way, it'll be right for you to raise the money; and looking at it th' other way, you'll be obliged to pay it.
When its father comes up, the child tears itself away from the bosom, flings itself back, looks at its father, laughs, as though it were fearfully funny, and falls to sucking again.