lickety-split

[ lik-i-tee-split ]
/ ˈlɪk ɪ tiˈsplɪt /

adverb Informal.

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

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Origin of lickety-split

1835–45, Americanism; perhaps dial. licket rag (for wiping in haste, with one lick) + -y1 + split, as in split second
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lickety-split
/ (ˈlɪkɪtɪˈsplɪt) /

adverb

US and Canadian informal very quickly; speedily

Word Origin for lickety-split

C19: from lick + split
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