Origin of holus-bolusmock-Latin from whole + bolus
An example of holus-bolus is how a child cleans a room when they shove all their toys into a closet without order; holus-bolus cleaning.
- All together; entirely; without modification.
- to accept a story holus-bolus.
Unknown. Possibly of Ancient Greek origin, from á½…Î»Î¿Ï‚ (holos , “whole") and Î²ÏŒÎ»Î¿Ï‚ (bolos, “a throw with a casting net"), or Î²á¿¶Î»Î¿Ï‚ (bÅlos, “lump"). May have been Latinized (i.e., -us ending as in masculine singular in Latin, as opposed to -os ending for masculine singular in Greek).