lickety-split

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A man was coming down from the north, lickety-split on a roan with a rangy stride.

And away he goes at the head of the string, lickety-split for the beach.

And Beagle heard a noise he thought was a fox barking and he started for the tamarack swamp, lickety-split.

I never stopped to ast her nothin', fo' I seen yuh a kitin' down street, an' I put after yuh, lickety-split.

On he fled, across the crisp fields, leaped the fence and struck the road, lickety-split!

He drives helter-skelter, lickety-split, and never takes care of his car at all.

They must have seed the carriage drivin' away, and thought for sure it had the gal in it, and they was after it, lickety-split.

She thought her last-day was come, with the fences streaking past her lickety-split.

WORD ORIGIN

1852, American English (earlier lickety-cut, lickety-click, and simply licketie, 1817), from lick (n.1) in dialectal sense "very fast sprint in a race" (1809) on the notion of a "lick" as a fast thing (cf. blink).

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