(something happened) for once

We use “for once” to say that something almost never happens-- or literally, that this is the one time it has happened.   

I found a good parking spot, for once.

We usually use it to complain, because we think something should happen more often. It’s often an exaggeration, as well-- it’s probably not the only time something has happened.

He cleaned his dishes, for once.

I got up on time for once.

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