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lickety-split

[ lik-i-tee-split ]
/ ˈlɪk ɪ tiˈsplɪt /
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adverb Informal.

at great speed; rapidly: to travel lickety-split.

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Origin of lickety-split

An Americanism, perhaps dialectical, first recorded in 1835–45; licket “rag (for wiping in haste, with one lick)” + -y1 + split, as in split second
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British Dictionary definitions for lickety-split

lickety-split
/ (ˈlɪkɪtɪˈsplɪt) /

adverb

US and Canadian informal very quickly; speedily
C19: from lick + split
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