- at great speed; rapidly: to travel lickety-split.
Origin of lickety-split
Examples from the Web for lickety-split
A man was coming down from the north, lickety-split on a roan with a rangy stride.Curly
And away he goes at the head of the string, lickety-split for the beach.The Broncho Rider Boys Along the Border
And Beagle heard a noise he thought was a fox barking and he started for the tamarack swamp, lickety-split.Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp
Annie Roe Carr
I never stopped to ast her nothin', fo' I seen yuh a kitin' down street, an' I put after yuh, lickety-split.A Sweet Little Maid
Amy E. Blanchard
On he fled, across the crisp fields, leaped the fence and struck the road, lickety-split!Christmas Eve on Lonesome and Other Stories</p>
John Fox, Jr.
- US and Canadian informal very quickly; speedily
Word Origin and History for 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).