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posthaste

[ pohst-heyst ]
/ ˈpoʊstˈheɪst /
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adverb

with the greatest possible speed or promptness: to come to a friend's aid posthaste.

noun

Archaic. great haste.

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Origin of posthaste

First recorded in 1530–40; post3 + haste
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British Dictionary definitions for posthaste

posthaste
/ (ˈpəʊstˈheɪst) /

adverb

with great haste; as fast as possible

noun

archaic great haste
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Cultural definitions for posthaste

posthaste
[ (pohst-hayst) ]

Immediately, with great speed: “Get the flood warning to the media posthaste.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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