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double-quick

[adjective, adverb duhb-uh l-kwik; noun, verb duhb-uh l-kwik]
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adjective
  1. very quick or rapid.
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adverb
  1. in a very quick or rapid manner.
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noun
  1. a very quick marching pace: double time.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to double-time.
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Origin of double-quick

First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for double-quick

Historical Examples

  • He sent the latter after a cab and proceeded to dress in double-quick time.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Just this—I shall get out of the country in double-quick time.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Give orders to take on all necessary supplies—in double-quick time.

    Vampires of Space

    Sewell Peaslee Wright

  • The Louisiana Brigade, leading, was coming at a double-quick.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • If you see any signs of trouble, get back on the double-quick.

    The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men

    Francis William Rolt-Wheeler


British Dictionary definitions for double-quick

double-quick

adjective
  1. very quick; rapid
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adverb
  1. in a very quick or rapid manner
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