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Monday, June 09, 2003

Definitions for trice

  1. A very short time; an instant; a moment; -- used chiefly in the phrase "in a trice."

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Citations for trice
There is no reason to doubt Alma here since so many other witnesses over the years tell similar tales . . . of the moody Mahler who would switch from eloquence to silence in a trice for no apparent reason. Jonathan Carr, Mahler: A Biography
Our super sleuth decided to take action and the mystery was solved in a trice. , The Guardian
Origin of trice
late Middle English
Trice is from Middle English (at a) trise, literally, "(at one) pull," from trisen, "to pull," from Middle Dutch trisen, "to hoist," from trise, "a windlass, a pulley."
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