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[adjective, adverb duhb-uh l-kwik; noun, verb duhb-uh l-kwik] /adjective, adverb ˈdʌb əlˈkwɪk; noun, verb ˈdʌb əlˌkwɪk/
very quick or rapid.
in a very quick or rapid manner.
a very quick marching pace: double time.
verb (used with or without object)
to double-time.
Origin of double-quick
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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
  • The order to double-quick was given, and the regiment entered the village on a run.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • Soon the soldiers were leaving the town on the double-quick.

    Young Captain Jack

    Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
  • He retreated in double-quick order, and forced Nellie to accompany him.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • At about nine o'clock we were ordered to the front at a double-quick.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • The journey was made in double-quick time, over rough Belgian roads.

    The Backwash of War Ellen N. La Motte
British Dictionary definitions for double-quick


very quick; rapid
in a very quick or rapid manner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for double-quick



Twice the usual speed; very quickly

[1822+; orig military, from the notion of marching at twice the speed of quick time]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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