- immediately; at once: You'd better get started P.D.Q.
Origin of P.D.Q.
1870–75; p(retty) d(amn) q(uick)
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- pretty damn quick
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Word Origin and History for pdq
also pdq, initialism for pretty damn quick, attested from 1875.
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