Frequently used to indicate that deception was occurring during the period at issue:
- 1889, Leslie Stephen, Dictionary of National Biography, p. 82:
- The good fortune which attended him throughout life may have been partly owing to this cause as well as to his undoubted valour, for though he never lost a battle, nothing is more astounding than his imprudence and the easy confidence with which he trusted Somerset, Warwick, Montague, and others, all the while they were betraying him.
- 1891, Plutarchus, Plutarch's Lives, p. 8:
- Sulla, encamped near Scipio, and amusing him with caresses under pretence of an approaching peace, was all the while corrupting his troops.
- 1991, Anne Rice, The Witching Hour, p. 281:
- All the while, my intention was to amuse her, and divert her out of her hellish thoughts, and show to her the wide world of which she could now be a part.