And presto: polio returned—first in Nigeria then across Africa and into Asia, following an established migration pattern.
Toss a Cinderella- or Stockholm Syndrome-type victim into the mix and presto!
The cards are quietly inserted into the slide; the leg is drawn up, and—hey, presto!
The orchestra struck the first notes of a thrilling waltz, and presto!
Students should never get the idea that you press down the string as you press a button and—presto—the magic harmonics appear!
The guns were loaded and aimed, and they went off, and presto!
And suddenly it seemed that the nearby trees began to lift and disappear; and presto!
The third movement is a vivace with the spirit of a Beethoven presto.
presto, he saw a flood of pink rush up her shoulders to her ears.
Suddenly a little whiff of air enters the pile, when, presto!
1590s, "quickly," used by conjurers, etc., from Italian presto "quick, quickly" in conjuror's patter, from Latin praestus "ready," praesto (adv.) "ready, available," from prae "before" (see pre-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Cf. Latin praesto esse "to be at hand, be ready," source of French prêt "ready." As a musical direction, it is a separate borrowing from Italian, first recorded 1683.