She thought her last-day was come, with the fences streaking past her lickety-split.
I never stopped to ast her nothin', fo' I seen yuh a kitin' down street, an' I put after yuh, lickety-split.
And Beagle heard a noise he thought was a fox barking and he started for the tamarack swamp, lickety-split.
On he fled, across the crisp fields, leaped the fence and struck the road, lickety-split!
A man was coming down from the north, lickety-split on a roan with a rangy stride.
He drives helter-skelter, lickety-split, and never takes care of his car at all.
And away he goes at the head of the string, lickety-split for the beach.
They must have seed the carriage drivin' away, and thought for sure it had the gal in it, and they was after it, lickety-split.
1852, American English (earlier lickety-cut, lickety-click, and simply licketie, 1817), from lick (n.1) in dialectal sense "very fast sprint in a race" (1809) on the notion of a "lick" as a fast thing (cf. blink).
Very fast: Felt he just had to get a lawyer lickity-split
[1859+; fr lick, ''speed, a spurt of speed,'' found by 1809; earlier forms lickety-cut, lickety-click, lickety liner, and lickety switch are found in the 1830s and 1840s]